We very seldom hear of anybody seeing or hearing fairies today. When I was young and living in Creston South my parents and grandparents would tell stories about fairies.
There is one story that I recall about my Grandmother Wiscombe. Her and a friend were picking berries about a mile from Creston. When it was time to go home, I believe it was my grandmother, starting walking in the opposite direction. Her friend called out to her but she kept on walking. The friend ran after her and when she caught up to her she said, “can you hear the fairies playing and the bells.” Her friend heard nothing and eventually she was able to get my grandmother to turn and head for home.
Our parents would always tell us to watch out for the fairies. I would suggest there are many such stories that have been told, in many communities, through Newfoundland Labrador.
The most famous fairy is the tooth fairy. When a child loses a tooth, it is placed under a pillow and the tooth fairy comes at night, takes the tooth and leaves money. The value of a tooth has gone up with inflation.
Then there is Cinderella’s fairy godmother. That’s one story that even fascinated the boys.
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