The Shoe Fairy

Many many years ago, I first heard the magical tale of the Shoe Fairy.  It all started with a Grand Story that was told in my grandparents living room.  They told of this great fairy that would come when we were good and leave candy in our shoes, hide them somewhere in their house, and then the adventure would begin in the morning as we searched high and low for our prize. 

This adventure became something that we looked forward to as we slept over at Grammie and Grandad's.  We would leave our shoes at the top of the stairs and go to bed with dreams of fairy's flying around our house leaving us goodies for us to find in the morning.  I have countless memories of finding my shoe in the oven, on top of the fridge, under the couch, hiding in cupboards, etc. etc.  As I grew older, I learned the truth of the Shoe Fairy and the magic slipped away throughout the years.

Fast forward 15 years or so to a scene set at my mom's kitchen table.  Sienna, my niece, was sleeping over, and Sienna, my mom, and myself were chatting at the table as Sienna painted my mom's fingernails.  I told her of this Shoe Fairy and that the Shoe Fairy used to come visit her mom and me at Grandad's house.  I told her of the great treats that were left for us and for the exciting time it was to search for our shoes.  I then took it one step further and told her that I heard that the Shoe Fairy might stop by THAT NIGHT!  My hopes were high as I watched her face of wonderment suddenly turn into complete FEAR!  Sienna even got to the point that tears were flooding her eyes and her bottom lip was jutted out as big as I have ever seen it!  I couldn't understand why she didn't want the fairy to come and bring FREE CANDY! She kept telling my mom, her Grammie, that she didn't want the fairy to come.  Over and over those words timidly escaped her mouth.  I obliged and said, "Sienna, the Shoe Fairy will come when you are ready for her to come."  That seemed to calm her down, but you could see throughout the night that she was really terrified of this Shoe Fairy!

One week later, Sienna and her little brother Kaden were sleeping over again.  I got a text from my mom late that night that said, "Sienna wants the Shoe Fairy to come! Just FYI!"  So Andrew and I got the supplies on our way home and walked in to find Sienna and Kaden's shoes set perfectly on the table (Picture to come soon).  My heart literally melted for a minute! I went up and said good night to Sienna and Kaden and all she could talk about was that the Shoe Fairy was going to come!

After a nights sleep where Kaden sleeps on one side of my mom and Sienna on the other, they were ready to go find their treasures.  Sienna still was a little timid, but it was neat to see her timidness slowly being replaced by the magic and excitement of fairies! We walked all around the main floor until Kaden opened up the oven to see his shoe sitting there filled to the BRIM with Candy!  His face lit up so bright and looked up at Grammie like he couldn't believe it! He walked forward and grabbed his shoe with as much joy on his face that he could muster.  We continued walking around helping Sienna find her shoe when she looked up on the bookshelf and there was propped her little boot filled with candy.  She jumped up and down in excitement as we helped her get it down for her.  Kaden and Sienna ran over to the table and unloaded their candy explosion!

I was so happy that I was able to be there to see Sienna decide that she was brave enough to have the Shoe Fairy come and now she absolutely LOVES it! She always talks about how "The Shoe Fairy is going to come to her house now and bring lots and lots of Candy!" Sorry Amsy and Dan! :)

I hope this has started the magical tradition that the Chilton Kids once grew up with!

Sienna in her "pupcake" pajamas and Kaden clinging on to his lovey!

Such a happy little boy!!

Sienna was so excited. 
She is the type of girl that ALWAYS has a headband in her hair so this is a rare picture!
Immediately after she examined her candy, she went right upstairs to grab her headband to put it on.
True girl at heart!

1 comment:

  1. Such a great post. I loved reading about this and seeing the pictures. Sienna and Kaden are blessed to have such an awesome aunt and uncle. Love you guys.