Last winter, I visited a stump deep in the forest to leave a white quartz. (Click "stump" in the archives.) When my friend, Mary, came to visit in the spring, I showed her the stump and the quartz - where I'd go to think especially of her and hope for her safety while she was in South America. Now she and her husband are traveling again - this time to Australia and New Zealand. They'll return in April to their home in AZ.
A few weeks ago, when I went to the stump - the quartz was gone! Had it been pushed out of the stump by a curious squirrel? I dug in the snow at the stump's base but couldn't find the white rock. My little Granddaughter, Amanda, thought maybe a Fairy Girl who loves quartz may have taken it secretly to add to her collection. (Amanda collects rocks, so she knows their strong lure.)
Well, I'm not sure about the Fairy, but today I went to the stump to add two more treasures - another quartz with pink flecks and a Blue Jay feather. I've had both for many, many years - I used them as writing prompts when I taught. Children would hold them, stroke them, and sometimes flick the bird feather softly against their cheeks (for inspiration).
The feather is a little worse for wear,
but I feel that just adds to the possibility of it's Magic.
Lucinda thought each was a fitting
talisman for the stump.
As an extra precaution against a rock-loving Fairy,
I wrote a little message on the quartz.
With snow on the ground,
the stump was hard to find.
I followed Coyote's tracks
through the deep and shadowy woods.
Finally, these teeny tracks led me to the spot.
Can you see the 3 Faces?
The middle one is upside down.
I put the blue feather in first
and secured it with the quartz.
Soon snow will filter through the hole
in the top of the stump and cover both.
Only I and perhaps a Fairy Girl
will know they are there.
Be safe my Friend!