This Post is Brought to You By the Letter “F”

Friends, family, fun, fairies, fair, future possibilities, fantasy, fear of failure, frustration, and foolishness.

The letter F has had a starring role in my life this week.

It began with the Fairies. Monday was a school holiday in Massachusetts (you know the one that celebrates  the callousness of taking over other people’s homes and claiming it as our own).

We chose to celebrate by going on a little family adventure into the fantasy and wonder of fairies. We went to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old  Lyme, CT to see their Wee Fairy Village exhibit.

My favorite fairy house.

It had an uptree balcony where fairies could capture the sun and paint.

Of course, the fairies did not make an appearance in the wake of a hoard of loud, obnoxious, clumsy humans who had the tendency to touch things they shouldn’t, including trampling on some fabulous fairy landscapes and knocking over fences. Seems like the appropriate way to observe Columbus day, doesn’t it?

All sarcasm aside, the exhibit was lovely and some of my favorite fairy homes have inspired my family to build a fairy village in the rock garden behind the house. We haven’t started yet, but it could become a fabulous project. From the day I moved in, I thought it looked like a home for fairies and other wee creatures.


Don’t you think fairies would love to live here?

From Fairies we move onto fun with friends. On Wednesday I made another journey into Connecticut to pick up my friend Pam at the train station in Mystic. We had dinner at Mystic Pizza with Kristie, a fabulous college friend of mine. Okay, so Mystic Pizza doesn’t begin with “F” but the food was terrific, and the conversation was fantastic.

On Friday I spent the day at high school college fairs as an alumnae recruiter for Smith College. What an exhausting (although fun) way to spend the day. Kudos to those people who make a living doing that. It’s hard work trying to get overwhelmed college juniors and seniors to do more than give you a passing glance before running away with the look of scared rabbits as they try to avoid making choices about their future. Add to that the fact that I was fueled by caffeine to combat a night filled with insomnia, as well as  representing a women’s college, and the day became a combination of fun, frustrations, and fascinating observations. I did talk to about 8-10 students and meet an interesting woman, so at least it wasn’t an utter failure.

Speaking of failurefear of that has indeed been affecting my week as well (hence the insomnia). Its inevitable when pieces of my past meet (Pam is from one area of my life, Kristie from another) that I begin to reflect on the evil “coulda woulda shoulda’s” of my life, followed by a reflection on where I’ve failed and where the future leads. I’m a freak in this way, because I am very hard on myself, but I guess that goes with the territory of being a person who has always (perhaps foolishly) believed in the fantasy of living a life filled with adventure, good challenges,  fulfillment and fun.

But that leads me to another F that fell into my awareness last night. Have you ever read a job description that just felt like the perfect fit? I don’t want to jinx it, or go into too many details, but this position, which would be in a somewhat new field for me, has opened up my eyes and my dreams to future possibilities. Of course, I may not get it, but the least I can do is try. Failure here would be in not at least pursuing the possibility and seeing where it leads. I simply have to have a little faith in myself.

Today we will be following the fall by driving up to  Maine where we will leave Pam with her family after driving through fabulous fall foliage (I hope).

One of the fairies collected fall foliage for a fabulous artistic display.

I never realized how fantastic the letter F truly is.

May you all have a fabulous fall day full of fantastic, frolicking fun with friends and family, as well as fantabulous flowers, foliage, and future possibilities!

What was the guiding letter of your week?


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nathan010
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 08:13:14

    I hope that soon the post will be brought to you by the letter A. An amazing night sleep, among the awesome. As an author or awe-inspiring stories.


  2. CMSmith
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 09:17:04

    Cute post, Lisa. I can’t wait to see your fairyland. I’ve thought of doing that in our woodland garden, but know I’ll probably never get around to it. If I had grand kids in town, maybe.

    And yes, you do have to find a little faith in yourself.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 08:19:38

      It will take a while, and my just be a long term project adding bits and pieces here and there. We haven’t had a chance to begin and now the weather is wet.


  3. Julie Frayn
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 09:58:48

    I was expecting a completely different post when F words rule the day. Love the fairy houses in the forest.


  4. Ed Williams
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 13:24:13

    We love fairies! ; ) Oh wait… we ARE fairies!
    Can’t wait to see your backyard habitat!


  5. Kathryn McCullough
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 15:16:20

    This is a really FUN post, Lisa. Here I thought it was going to be about that other “f” word. This was much, much better. Happy weekend, my FRIEND.


  6. thelifeofjamie
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 21:14:57

    Mine was probably F too, but not in the same sense as yours. My version of F isn’t suitable to print. Just know that there was a lot of yelling and sighing!

    That Fairy exhibit is so cool!


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 08:16:50

      I’m sorry you had one of those F-ing days. If I see a fairy, maybe I’ll send her your way for a little magic. 🙂


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  8. nrhatch
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 11:31:39

    Love the Fairy House . . . and the balcony! How exquisite. 😀


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 14:31:03

      I know, can’t you just picture sitting there (if you were a fairy) sipping something warm and feeling the breeze coming off the water (it faced the river). To quote you . . . “Ahh! That’s better.”


  9. Sharon
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 11:09:56

    Fun! What great pictures.


  10. 4amWriter
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 12:59:23

    Looks and sounds like you had a neat time. We went to a fairy exhibit a few weeks ago, also. It’s lovely to see kids AND adults getting into it all.


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