All my life I felt that I should really have been born a faerie, and recently I decided to become one.
About four years ago, my city (Christchurch, New Zealand) had a huge earthquake and much of our city — especially our inner city — was destroyed. Even now there are huge gaps where buildings used to be.
Previously we were known for our beautiful old buildings (Victorian Gothic) and cathedral. Now we are known for disaster tourism which is not so fun. Understandably, this has a negative effect on people in our city. So we started the Christchurch Faerie Circle to bring love, light, and laughter to our city.
Luckily my city has a fine tradition of Magical People — we have the famous Wizard of New Zealand, for example. So it was fairly easy to show up to events, hang out with the Wizards, and start making the world a more magical place.
In the summer, we go out every Sunday and give out faerie wishes, magical sparkly hair clips (if you’re having a bad day, pop one in your hair and help it be better), and we have bubble guns for bubbles — which to a certain age of child is the best thing ever. We drop back to once a month during the winter and have a few more events that are faerie-focused.
We have been running The Faerie Circle for about a year now, and while there have been challenges, it has definitely brightened up my life. Summer is the best time. The weather is great, and every weekend brings a new adventure: visiting public botanical gardens, going to festivals, and always hanging out with the other faeries afterwards to have some cider and plot our future adventures.
As a group we decided it was important that there was no money involved. People couldn’t pay us to be somewhere, and we couldn’t charge anyone for anything we were doing. This does involve us spending money on whatever we are giving out, from faerie glitter to hair clips to baking for a tea party, which does add up. But it’s entirely worth it.
We have done free faerie face painting at a school fair (think lots of glitter and gems), entertaining (and leading the conga line) at the children’s early countdown on New Year’s Eve and putting on faerie tea parties (where people can come and talk to us and have a cupcake or two).
It can be overwhelming at children’s events where you can be swarmed by wave after wave of small children wanting faerie wishes, to have a go with your bubble gun, and to wear your wings (strictly off limits as they cost a small fortune). But every time we go out it’s wonderful and leaves us with a great feeling.