Several months ago something new came into our lives. After watching the movie Epic during one of our road trips, the girls became obsessed with fairies. More specifically, they became obsessed with quoting entire scenes from this animated film about fairies. Their incessant exchange of the characters’ funniest lines usually occurs over dinner when Brian and I can’t escape it. Sometimes it’s hilarious to listen to them chatter and giggle about it. Other times it gets to be a little unnerving…at which point a glass of wine usually helps make all the fairy talk more amusing.
A couple weeks ago we learned about a hiking trail in Rineen Woods featuring fairy houses. Of course with this love for all things fairy-related we have in our household, we had to check it out. The trail meandered along the coastline for a while, and then, sure enough, fairy houses began to appear. Some were finely crafted wooden structures built into the curves of the trees. Others were the creations of little girls – makeshift roofs propped up with stones and decorated with ribbons and seashells. The idea clearly started with one person who decided to add a little magic to the woods and then a tradition was born. Our girls were soon creating their own house to add to the Irish fairy village.
As they wandered around finding sticks and moss to use on their little structure, we began noticing quite a bit of trash lying around. The tides had washed up bottles, wrappers, styrofoam coolers, cans and other things clearly not belonging in a fantasy land for fairies. So we returned a few days later not only to finish the fairy house, but also to collect as much trash as we could find. Notice the pink trash bags. That wasn’t intentional, but it did suit an afternoon of fairy trash collecting quite well.
Trash collecting has become our go-to service project when we can’t find other ways to help out in a community. After several trash collecting experiences on this journey, we’ve become what Brian calls a “net positive family” when it comes to litter. Where ever we are, whatever we’re doing, if we see it we pick it up. Every little bit counts, right?