When eight year old Cadence penned a heartfelt letter to the fairies asking the important question, “is there an autism fairy?”, Queen Fairy thought long and hard about her response.
If such a fairy existed, young Cadence wondered if she might visit her – noting that the fairy will be safe in her friendship; that Cadence wouldn’t put her in a jar, that the fairy may bring a friend with her to help her feel safer; and, that the ability to communicate verbally was not necessary to enjoy time together.
I want to know please, is there an autism fairy? What is her job in fairyland? Can she visit me? I am Autism too. I will be very gentle and I promise I am a kind girl and won’t put her in a jar. She can bring a friend if she is a little bit scared. It’s ok if she doesn’t talk too. We can play spinning together or mancarla. I have tiny beads we can use. Do you like my picture? You can leave your letter here. From Cadence. PS Some people say that fairies are not real, but I know you are real.
In their reply, the fairies share the beauty of seeing rainbows as much more than sunlight passing through raindrops, the story of the scampering tree imps (and their very opposite fairy leaders) and, reveal to Cadence, that no, there is no ‘autism fairy’, and, why.
My Dear Cadence,
Thank you so very much for your beautiful, and kind letter. You asked some very important questions that took me a lot of thinking, as I wanted to answer them as best I could.
I know that you love rainbows, maybe even as much as I do! So I know, that you will know, that some think of rainbows as something rather dull and nothing more than sunlight passing through rain drops. They are right, of course – at least about a rainbow being made from sunlight and raindrops. But, as you know, rainbows are so very much more than that too!
Rainbows share with us a most spectacular, truly wondrous rays of colour – all those amazing reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, indigos and violets, glistening across the vast sky. A kaleidoscope of rays that we can delight in, and if we close our eyes, some of us can even feel.
Of course, we can’t hold a rainbow in our hands, or even touch one, but then again, we don’t need too, to delight in its magic. Indeed, the most important things in life, you will learn, are often things you cannot touch, or sometimes, cannot even see. To explain, let me tell you a little story. Do you know about the tree imps?
You cannot see the tree imps of course, for they are so very tiny – smaller than an ant even! The tree imps job is to care for our trees, so that they grow strong and tall – for trees are very important. The tree imps scamper up and down branches, polishing the leaves and mending the bark. As you will appreciate, they are very good at noticing even the tiniest speck of dust and the tiniest of cuts in a tree’s bark. They keep exceptional notes too, of which trees need repairing, along with sorting all the fallen leaves into the right group for making our magical fairy pencils that help us to share letters between our world and yours. They need help in being organised though, as they often get distracted talking and playing with one another.
Fairy Violet, our Tree Imp leader, has a very good way with organising the imps, which helps them to get all their work done each day. Though she doesn’t talk much, she is very clever and even has a leaf she draws pictures on each day to help the imps know when it is time for polishing, eating, playing and dancing. Fairy Violet is not so good at always understanding what the imps are chattering about and this sometimes makes her important job a little on the tricky side. She often finds the rustling of all those leaves rather irritating too, and difficult to cope with sometimes. She is right of course, caring for trees can be very noisy work and the little imps to tend to banter a great deal.
Fairy Hallowett, as you know, is tasked with visiting children who feel more comfortable staying home, at Halloween. But during the rest of the year, Fairy Hallowett works with Fairy Violet, helping the tree imps.
Fairy Hallowett is a constant chatterbox too and she feels the sound of rustling leaves is akin to beautiful music. She is right of course, for many different types of sounds are beautiful indeed and being with others, much fun. But, on especially busy days, when the wind is blowing and the imps are full of chatter as they go about their important work, Fairy Hallowett often helps Fairy Violet fashion soft, fluffy earmuffs made from dandelions, as along with only having one wing, Fairy Hollowett is especially creative.
Together, Fairy Violet and Fairy Hallowett go about their day helping the imps to do good work, and crafting fairy pencils together. Fairy Violet is very good at observing each imps different mannerisms and behaviour, noticing if any leaves are missed from important polishing; and, sharing this, in great detail, to Fairy Hallowett. Fairy Hallowett is very good at talking with the imps and sharing with them the leaves the Fairy Violet has noticed they have missed. She is very good too, at describing the meaning behind the many different things the imps banter about, to Fairy Violet. And for those jobs that need two hands, Fairy Violet is always quick to help Fairy Hallowett.
So you see, dear Cadence, in fairyland, where your world ends and our magical one begins, physical and brain differences are not much thought about; they are just a part of each fairy’s unique way of being and doing, So, no, there is no special Autism fairy. But, kindness, compassion, understanding, friendship, teamwork, courage and hope – those things that cannot be touched or seen, but which we can choose to learn, believe in and give to others …they are very special indeed!
That is the real magic of Fairyland … and it is your magic too.
Your friend, Queen Fairy