It turned out to be a truly special place. When we arrived, we were given little jingly bracelets so as to warn the fairies that we were approaching their homes. We followed a fairy map and examined exquisite little houses built into the natural landscape surrounding the art museum. It was an autumn wonderland of falling colorful leaves. The museum overlooks a river. The view was stunning.
The tour ended in a maple grove where children were encouraged to build their own fairy houses. Ian and I spent a good deal of time perfecting our contribution to this interactive exhibit. I will admit that as a mother I often struggle with the guilt that comes with that I really don't enjoy playing all that much. My adult mind isn't as easily amusedwith moving cars around. But fairy houses bring out the kid in me. This isn't something I had ever even heard of until the blog I read.
But sitting down and finding beauty in twigs, pebbles, and acorns and then creating a magical space in which fairies live is something I find so appealing. Ian and I work together, discus
s the design, search for building materials and then create. I love experiences that are meditative by allowing me to be engaged fully in the pre
sent blissful moment.
The fairy exhibit is at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT. It runs until November 1. It is free admission for children under 12. Adult admission is $14 and worth every penny.