Once upon a time, deep in the woods, lived a little boy. This little boy had a tendency to like really loud noises. He loved a good siren, whistle, horn, engine, squealing brakes, drums, and screaming. The boy knew the loud noises were a bit disconcerting to his mom but he just could not help himself. He loved loud things. Here’s a sample:
The boy’s mommy had a lot of patience for the little boy. But even the mommy could not help the little boy when it came to – The Birthday Fairy.
You see, every year, when it got close to the little boy’s birthday, in late May, the Birthday Fairy came out of hibernation. The Birthday Fairy sleeps all year, except for the last couple of months before this child’s birthday.
Each year, the Birthday Fairy awakens with very weak wings. Now, the Birthday Fairies are a varied lot. They can be male or female, young or old. This particular little boy had a female Birthday Fairy, who was gorgeous, being as she looked nearly identical to the boy’s mom. (Why are you laughing? That’s just not nice.)
The Birthday Fairy needs those wings to get strong so she can fly around and buy birthday presents, and put together a birthday celebration. Sadly, if the Birthday Fairy hears too many loud sounds, well, her wings fall right off! Loud sounds injure the delicate little Birthday Fairy’s wings.
If the Birthday Fairy’s wings fall off, there can be no flying, no presents and no celebration. Harsh, eh? Luckily, even if the wings fall off, they can reattach, strengthen and fly, given enough remorse by the birthday boy, and enough time to heal.
That Birthday Fairy is a powerful force around these parts. If the siren noises, TV, iPad music or the screaming gets too loud, those wings are falling off! I get a lot of:
“You don’t want the Birthday Fairy’s wings to fall off?” after a particularly loud scream. I will look at him and say, “Oh, I think those wings are really loose!” He will respond with, “NO!” and we seem to have a reduction temporarily in our noise level.
Too bad his birthday celebration will be over at the end of the weekend. Hmm, maybe a Fourth of July Firework Fairy? Nope – fireworks are noisy – he won’t buy it. A Summertime Pool Fairy that only allows playing in the pool when there is no screaming? Nope – screaming is standard at the pool.
Oh well, it was good while it lasted.
[And yes – Toots and I have birthdays four days apart! Thanks for all the birthday wishes for me too, my friends! Happy Memorial Day Weekend! ]