Tom and his wife, Deirdre, a doll-sized brownie couple, stand beside the stream watching the other faerie folk play in its freezing waters. Shivering in the cold wind, I ask them, “Do you know what’s coming?”
Deirdre replies, “Do you ask this question because your new leaders do not believe in the suffering on Mother Earth?” My frustration causes me to choke up.
“Worse weather,” responds Tom. “More suffering for everyone. Not just for humans, but for all of us.” He pauses, “You know, we faerie folk pray for humanity to finally ‘get it’ – that you are not separate from Creation. When will humans realize that you need Mother Earth as much as she needs you? We are all connected to one another, and we need each other. Even we faerie folk are connected to you humans and you to us.
“You must understand, every part of Creation is important from the smallest creature to the largest mountain. It is all worth protecting, worth saving. Everything put here on Mother Earth by the Mother – Father Creator has the right to exist. Who is man to decide otherwise?
“You ask what is coming? We believe Hope is coming. We faerie folk believe, against all odds, that human hearts will suddenly wake up to Mother Earth’s suffering. Then you will know we are all part of one another. We are all brothers and sisters of Creation, basking in the love of God.”
Tom falls silent. Then with a shrug, he adds, “I am a bit overheated.” Gesturing to the freezing cold waters of the stream, he offers, “Want to go swimming with us? We can all use a cooling off.”
I shake my head no and thank them for the talk. Deirdre gives me a playful wave as I rush back to the warmth of my house, escaping the bite of the freezing wind.