Essay — Fairy Dust

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Fairy dust. We have a lot of fairy dust scattered around Carpenter Country. You might even say we have a surplus. The fairy dust decorates the window panes, the window sills and the sliding door tracks. That’s because the rain has been falling steadily the past few weeks, which is not unusual.

Summertime here generally follows a pattern of clear, hot mornings and afternoon thunderstorms. Huge dark clouds sail in on the whipping wind like pirate ships, the birds and squirrels take cover, and the temperature drops even as the barometer rises.

Afterward, the plumbago and lantana lift battered blossoms from the muddy earth and welcome the return of the butterflies.

Mosquitoes, flies, and gnats show up after the rain too. They like damp weather and they multiply quickly. Fortunately, a surplus of insects means a surplus of lizards and frogs dining on the insects.

And, in the natural order of things, leaving piles of fairy dust. Everywhere.


***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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