This time last year I drew a little Sugar Plum Fairy for an invitation to a Miracle Babies event for mothers and children. The Miracle Babies mission is "to provide support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and to enhance the well-being of women, children and their families through education, prevention and medical care." What a wonderful mission and one that I truly believe in. Like the "March of Dimes" from years ago, the children brought their "Pennies for Babies" to the event to help the babies in the NICU and their families. Children helping children and paying it forward!
This little fairy has remained a favorite character for me and I want to use her again to send out a message in this holiday season. In looking up the stories of fairies throughout history, they are always magical creatures and creatures of enchantment. "Wee folk, good folk, people of peace" according to Welsh folklore. My favorite definition of fairies comes from J.M. Barrie's famous Peter Pan stories. Barrie wrote, "When the first baby laughed for the first time, his (her) laugh broke into a million pieces, and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies." My little fairy has delicate butterfly wings and she has magical powers to bring about good in people and the world. She dances in the gentle snowflakes and wishes you best wishes in the holiday season!