Once upon an intermittently sunny day in the Pacific NW, specifically, walking along a path close to the Nooksack Falls two faeries surprised me. They were taking pictures of each other posing on the mossy boulders where the rapid river waters spill over into the pool below.
Was I surprised? Heck No! I know faeries are real and living in the forests surrounding the slumbering volcano, Mt. Baker. (I also believe in butterflies).
Sweetdew handed me a wand and her camera demanding, “Take our pictures for the Happy Hearts for Humans Initiative”.
That began the four-year journey of on demand, anytime of the day or night, photographing faeries and faerie forest life with faerie camera.
Twelve faeries, all leaders and committee members of the Happy Hearts for Humans Initiative, show off their environmental interests, abilities, cultural and developmental distinctions, in each photograph.
Faeries only practice inclusion. It’s best to have different wings because no faerie wants any other faerie or human to be like them.
In this book the reader will see: Black, Hispanic, Polynesian, Native Elder, MerFaerie, as yet undiscovered, Bigfoot Faerie, White Faeries and girl and boy faeries.
Developmentally there is an Ups faerie. The human world named it Downs. Faeries only know the heart, so say UPS. There is a Little Person faerie a young faerie with hearing challenges.
Each photograph shamelessly brags about the faerie’s environmental interest and encourages opportunities to look up more information about their interest.
Activities are adaptable for, pretend faerie, together time: counting and observing forest objects, finding a hidden four-leaf clover in each picture, cut out wands for matching to the faerie activity, cut out acorns and glue anywhere in the book for the squirrels to find, blank pages for inventing your own tall-tales, writing down your own fandangled dreams (and real dreams).
Create drawings and collages. Imagine kindness actions to take for others and yourselves.
The board game, Path to the Village, is a trek through the Mt. Baker forest to find, the secretly located, International Happy Hearts Village.
Happy Hearts Faerie Engineers put their wings together and designed templates to make a Faerie Camera, that holds real, and self-imagined, faerie pictures, and a template, to make Rosie’s Acorn Twingle Windbell.
The International Woodland Faeries, provided detailed instructions on how to use and construct the tools that are healthy practices for humans. Playful hearts will practice cutting, taping, gluing, tying, smoothing, following directions, researching and adapting their own ideas about to how to complete the hands on activities.
Beyond acceptance, inclusion. Happy words creates Happy Hearts. Happy Hearts are for everyone.