(I am not a writer. This is something I was imagining one day.)
Hi, I’m Pixie. I’m one of many faeries who live around here. My life is filled with all kinds of different things. What I see is the same as what you see only in a different way. I want to tell you about the things I encounter while I fly around.
In the fall, it’s the leaves. They are easy to avoid while flying as they are usually slow as they drift to the ground. Sometimes, I will grab a friend or two and we’ll find a leaf that is about to come loose and take a seat on it. The extra weight makes the trip a bit faster for the leaf, but if you find one with a good curve to it, you can have a great ride. It will spin and turn, even do some loopty-loops. This is one of my favorite times of the year.
In the winter, I have to stay inside a lot. My wings freeze up and I can’t fly very much. I do go out some though. Sometimes I take a short flight when the snowflakes are falling. When they are big and slow, it is like I am dancing with them. I can’t go out at all if there is sleet or ice. That is extremely dangerous. One of my big brothers lost a wing because it froze. Our wings are delicate things and even trying to move it a little made his break. I shudder when I think of that.
In the spring, oh my… here in the woods where we live, it can be dangerous. We have many maple trees around. When their seeds start falling, you must be very careful. It is hard to predict the fall of a spinning maple seed. The seed part is fairly hard and if it hits you, you may go spinning out of control yourself. The “wing” part of it may not be sharp, but at the speed it is spinning, it can take out a wing easily. I tried to ride one once. I was so dizzy by the time it hit the ground that I had to lay there for a long time letting my head get back to normal. Some of my friends like it, but it was something I really don’t think I want to experience again.
In the summer, I find my bug friends coming around. Have you ever watched a dragonfly as it flies through the air and pauses in it’s flight? That’s probably when it is stopping to say hi to me or one of my kin. They are very friendly and enjoy a good chat. Sometimes we ride on them. They are so much fun. The bees know where to find the best nectar for our food. We have found there is always enough for them to use for their honey as well as providing food for hummingbirds, butterflies, and for all of us faeries. When we go searching for nectar, we usually team up with a bee. They will point out a flower for us and then move onto another for themselves. When our reserves are full, we give them the rest of our nectar in exchange for a bit of honey to put away for the winter months. We don’t associate with the butterflies very much. They are a bit stuck up about their beautifully colored oversized wings when ours are smaller, thin and transparent with no real color of their own, but I love my wings. When the sun hits them just right, they seem to have all the colors of the rainbow.
I wish you could see us like I can see you. Humans seem like such interesting creatures. They come into the woods where I and my kin live. Some of them are not so nice and leave things around that harm us or the animals, but most of them are considerate. Some like to talk and laugh, like me, and then others are quiet and seem to enjoy looking around. I fly up close… hoping that one day, there will be one of you that will see me…. hear me. Hoping that I can find another friend.
I know I’ve rambled a bit, but I do hope you have enjoyed my little story. Sometime, maybe I’ll tell you about other things in my life. Until then, if you feel a light touch on the back of your hand, but see nothing… know that it is me, saying hello.