Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The Nine O'Clock Fairy

Copyright: Maggie May

My son, Sam, brought our granddaughters round just before bedtime last Sunday. They had been bathed and had had their hair washed and all they needed was a snack and their teeth brushed because they were staying overnight so that I could take them to school in the morning, as Sam had an early appointment next day.
After they'd eaten, I wanted them to settle down quickly and go to bed straight away. However, they had other ideas and seemed quite lively.
In desperation I said, "Look if you don't go to bed now............. (I was furiously thinking of a suitable thing that would happen to them) .......... then The Nine O'Clock Fairy will be here and then you'll know it!"
At that, the girls really got the giggles and Amber said, "Thats funny, I've never seen her before and I've been up much later than this."
With a straight face I reminded her that there was school the next day and perhaps the fairy didn't need to come on Fridays and Saturdays, only on days when children might miss school if they didn't get to bed early enough because they overslept.
I realised then that I had psyched them up even further with this silly story and by now they were bouncing on the bed, squealing with laughter.
"You're the Nine O'Clock Fairy, Grannie. Its you, its you."

After a while I left them to calm down and hoped they'd get into bed. There was eventual silence and that was the last I heard until the morning.
However, even though Sam had asked me to wake him up by a certain time, he had great difficulty waking up, being an owl by nature, rather than an early bird. The girls always bounce straight out of bed and I heard them call up to him, "If you don't watch out, The Nine O'Clock Fairy will be after you. The morning one."
So now we seem to play along with The Nine O'Clock Fairy fantasy.
I sometimes wonder if, as I get older, I become more like a child myself.


22 comments:

Twain12 said...

LOL now you have done it :)

I changed the setting on my blog, hopefully the commenting works now..thank you for stopping by ♥

mrsnesbitt said...

It is a wonderful world to be - a child's imagination When I was a teacher of 4 - 6 year olds I was in my element!

Celia said...

Nothing wrong with regaining that childlike, new again, view of the world, not the same as childish. Keep up the good work Nine O'Clock Fairy!

Rose said...

Apparently, the nine-o'clock fairy did her job:) I'll have to remember this the next time my youngest granddaughter stays over. She thinks staying at Grandma's house means a late night slumber party:)

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That's really sweet, Maggie. The nine o'clock fairy, I must tell Amy that!!

Please don't miss out on my giveaway I'm doing on my blog. You've been a loyal blogging friend for quite some time and I'd love to include your name in the hat (there could be something for the grandchildren!)

CJ xx

Suldog said...

Hilarious. You've now gained an alter-ego!

Akelamalu said...

LOL you've started something now Maggie!!!! :)

Expat mum said...

Very funny. Hey - as long as it works,..and it's better than tears!

Suburbia said...

Love it!

Your painting?

Mimi said...

Aw, Maggie, this is so sweet!
You've invented a new fairytale for them, and now it will forever be part of their folklore.
That is a real gift. Lucky grandkids.

Hilary said...

Oh I love this.. and such a great drawing. Family folklore.. wonderful.

Ayak said...

Very funny Maggie and I can relate to this. You just wouldn't believe the silly stuff I'm telling my grandson already and he's only 18 months old! We just get worse as we get older don't we?

Nora said...

You can't pull the wool over those children's eyes. They have caught on to you. You will never hear the end of that fairy. She will come around at all times of the day now. Poor Maggie, I think you've been outwitted.

XOX

ladyfi said...

LOL I think I need to start this tradition too...

Cad said...

I love your Nine o'clock Fairy! And NEVER get too old to play such games - not that I think you would need this advice! LOL :0)

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, you are WONDERFUL!!!! I will have to remember this one...but of course, at 15 going on 16, I don't think my son will care about the fairy...ROFL...sigh. I'll have to use it on someone else!!! Just been thinking of you, dearest Maggie. And wondering how you've been...So I thought I'd stop by and send you my love! ~Janine XO

secret agent woman said...

Nothing wrong with holding on to magic.

Jules~ said...

Oh how fun. And your granddaughters have your imagination as well. That is too much fun. You should write a storybook.

Blessings to you today.

Thumbelina said...

I love a child's imagination, and if you still have one Maggie, don't let it go!!
Just popping by to say "hi" and hope everything is ok in the May household.

rosiescribble said...

The Nine o'clock Fairy is a wonderful idea. Can I steal it?!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Have you told them about the tooth fairy?
Hugs ~ Eddie

Pauline said...

Love the 9 o'clock fairy! Wish I'd known about her before today. But now that I do......

Thanks for a great idea!