I am sitting under my covered front porch with Tom, a small Brownie man, who is seated on the edge of the table next to me. Sitting next to Tom is his lovely wife, Deirdre. Tom, noticing the many mosquito bites on my arm, comments, “You surely are a grand feast for the mosquitoes, lad,”
“I can’t keep them off me,” I reply, scratching at my arms.
Tom smiles. “You know, the mosquitoes leave us Faerie Folk quite alone. You will not see a one of us running about waving our arms wildly in a panic, trying to keep them away from us.”
“That’s because in the human realm you’re mostly spirit.”
Tom laughs. “No, no, that is not right, lad. We are just as physical as you are. We are just more in harmony with Creation all around us. We do not have as many conflicting thoughts rambling about in our heads as most humans do. Quiet your thoughts. Make them all peaceful and harmonious, and the mosquitoes will not take notice of you.”
“You’re kidding me, right?”
Tom, with a twinkle in his eyes, says, “Just give it a try. Slow down your breathing and listen to the wind blowing through the trees.”
“What if there is no wind?” I ask, determined to be difficult.
“Then listen to your breath, which can sound like the wind brushing through the leaves, or maybe like waves coming in and flowing out from the seashore.”
“What if they keep biting me?”
Deirdre, smiling, replies, “Keep on trying. You know with practice the mosquitoes will leave you alone. They will stop noticing you sitting in your chair there.”
Tom gives her a playful nudge, “Or maybe, Deirdre, he is just too tasty for the mosquitoes to pass up.” Looking at me, Tom adds, “Stop being so tasty to the mosquitoes, lad, and they will leave you alone.”
Deirdre rolls her eyes at her husband. “Do not listen to his joking. Keep practicing good, peaceful thoughts, and the mosquitoes will leave you alone.”
Tom adds, “Did you notice there have been no mosquitoes since you have been talking to us?”
Tom is right. For the first time in days, the mosquitoes have left me alone. Quietly we sit, enjoying our mosquito-free afternoon.