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The Fantasy that guided the blue print for the final draft of this book has used Mary, Fairy Pauline and Robby to transmit fundamental concepts for our daily lives.The Lightness and the Joy that shine through this text helps us to genuinely reflect, and touches the child within us.These are stories for children who must grow up, and for adults who seek again the youthful energy of their thoughts.
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MARY AND FAIRY PAULINE'S AMAZING JOURNEYS.
In the ancient town of the Time that Was there was a chubby, rosy little girl, rather too chubby and a little too rosy, who was pointed at and ridiculed by the terribly thin inhabitants of that place.
The poor little girl did not FEEL different: SHE WAS.
What was fine for the others was not suitable for her.
She couldn’t eat too much because she would become even fatter: the others had to eat so that they wouldn’t get even thinner.
The entire town was built for thin people: little beds, little chairs, and tight clothes. All this was extremely uncomfortable for the pretty rosy child, but she put up with it because she was always happy and rarely complained.
Her big problem though was the opening of the door: it was so narrow, so small that she was forced to stay in the same room without being able to leave it.
This was the only thing that she complained about, she was alone; the only contact with others was through a tiny window.
What she saw outside made her sad: everybody was careful not to bump into each other, they were frightened of falling and breaking something because they were so thin. They never laughed because they were always stressed and anxious which meant that they could not relax. They had to be alert always and eat as much as possible so that they didn’t lose weight; they never played or ran around.
She was the only one free of these problems, but she couldn’t do anything. So everyone lived with their own problems without being able to communicate or worry about the others.
The queen of the fairies, found out what was happening, and she sent the Fairy Pauline, the most sensitive and cheeky fairy in the kingdom, to sort out the problem.
As soon as she arrived in the town of the Time that Was, her jaw dropped in amazement, nobody went to greet her, they were too busy seeing to themselves, getting food, which was so precious to them, and trying to keep at a distance from each other. Luckily she saw the pretty chubby little girl who had moved away from the window, as the view was so sad and depressing. She had escaped to her inner world and begun again to sing and dream and eat with pleasure.
What shocked the Fairy Pauline the most was the difference between the pretty REAL little girl and the others who were INCONSISTENT.
She immediately got to work to sort out the problem and get the child out of the room into the open air. This made all the others begin to make fun of her, but they became curious too and wanted to get near to her to hear her sing, to see what she was like, they even wanted to touch her chubby cheeks.
As they did this they lost all self-control, they knocked into each other, they broke their bones and stamped on each other, they were reduced to nothing and revealed themselves for what they were: INCONSISTENT beings, full of air with no substance at all.
The little girl now safe, hand in hand with the Fairy Pauline, travelled towards other countries, but she always remembered the experience she had had in the Town of the Time that Was, and from then on ignored those that criticized or judged her, because she was very aware that only your inner strength can protect you from other people’s hostility.
She was able to make diversity something normal.
Mary is the child’s name, and her adventures with Fairy Pauline continue.
Every time Fairy Pauline allowed Mary to wander around the sky, incredible things happened.
Mary was always full of enthusiasm and joy, and went round and around until she was attracted by something unusual.
For example: in the Kiddies Town, Mary had seen with her own eyes how things disappeared right under their noses!
She observed that the children did their homework and drawings with great difficulty, because when they were concentrating on their work…………..zap..the pens, colours and books disappeared………..
This happened in the houses too: plates, glasses, cutlery and even small pieces of furniture suddenly vanished.
Full of curiosity Mary asked the Fairy Pauline if there was a reason for all this.
The Fairy smiled and gently replied: of course there is an explanation and I am sure you will find out yourself when the moment is right.
Mary nodded and thought she would like to live for a while in the Kiddies Town, so she could find out by herself what was happening.
The first thing that she noticed was how difficult it was to live “normally”
When something vanished everyone stopped to search for it: they looked here and there, up and down. There was even someone who accused another of stealing, and so on…..
In fact it was a really difficult life.
The strange thing was that only small things disappeared, big things stayed firmly where they were.
Mary found it hard to adapt to living like that, and one day feeling dejected she confided in Fairy Pauline: you can do magical things, why don’t you help these poor human beings so that they can live in a normal way instead of leaving them exhausted always searching for something?
Fairy Pauline looked at her sympathetically: Mary was so serious, she felt so sorry for the poor inhabitants of the Town of the Kiddies.
She drew her close to her, and gently but firmly said to her: “dear Mary I cannot be expected to resolve this problem, it is up to them to find a solution”
If you want to help them, try to live with them without being affected by what they do.
You must react to what happens in the way that seems right for YOU, not doing what you see them do.
Mary listened carefully to what the Fairy was telling her, and she stopped watching them, and took care not to become involved in behaviour that didn’t seem right for her.
One day Mary was focused on colouring a lovely drawing with the other children.
There was a large sheet of paper on the table, and all the children were colouring it with Mary.
In the middle of the table there were crayons, coloured pencils and paint and paintbrushes for water -colour painting. Just as they were all enjoying themselves, all the coloured pencils, crayons and paintbrushes disappeared, all of them gone, only the watercolour paints remained.
There was a terrible confusion: everyone began to search, under the table, in the cupboards; there was even a child who looked out of the window to see if some joker had thrown everything down into the garden.
Mary stayed where she was.
As there were no paintbrushes, she dipped her finger into the paint and carried on painting.
She really enjoyed herself because she had never painted with her fingers, only and always with a paintbrush.
After a while, the children calmed down and went back to their places.
As soon as they saw Mary’s beautiful painting they began to imitate her and painted with their fingers too.
At last there was a lovely atmosphere: everyone happy and satisfied in doing something new.
Mary was very proud of her picture and happily went to show it to the Fairy Pauline.
The Fairy laughed heartily when she heard that Mary hadn’t used paintbrushes, and encouraged Mary to continue like that: not imitate the others when they got angry, but calmly and with imagination find a different solution.
So, one step at a time, imitating Mary, everyone learnt that you can always find a different way, and often it is just when something goes missing that your imagination starts working.
Think about it children, what would you do if suddenly……….. disappeared…………………..
The long journey travelling here and there with Fairy Pauline continued serenely. One morning very early as soon as the sun began to rise, the Fairy took Mary to an unusual place: a cave.
Mary had never seen a cave; it was dark with a small opening you could barely notice, because it was covered with leaves and dry twigs.
Mary didn’t want to go into the cave, but Fairy Pauline insisted. Mary didn’t like the dark she preferred the shining sunlight.
Reluctantly, and holding the good Fairy’s hand very tight, she went in, and with amazement saw that it wasn’t an empty dark cave but full of objects and lit up with many, many lamps.
How strange, the first things that Mary saw were a great many paintbrushes, coloured pencils and crayons.
She stopped with her mouth open in surprise; the cave contained a multitude of small objects that seemed to Mary just like those that had disappeared from the Kiddies Town.
She asked the Fairy for an explanation, and was very surprised to hear that in fact they were the objects that had disappeared from there.
The Fairy said nothing else and told Mary not to ask any more questions.
Joyfully but rather pensively, Mary went further into the cave holding the Fairy’s hand.
How beautiful was the Earth seen from outer space: the brilliant blue of the oceans, the splendid green of the forests, the deserts, all was harmonious and perfect.
But……getting a little closer it was possible to see the cities, towns, and the human beings too, and also their problems could be seen now, where previously from outer space they were invisible.
Mary noticed a little town in between the snow-capped mountains, it was on a little hill: not much light but lots of inhabitants.
Full of curiosity, Mary asked the Fairy Pauline for permission to live for a little while in that strange town without a name.
What a lot of people lived in such a tiny town!
Mary had never seen anything like it; it seemed like always being in a great big market.
Everyone was crowding the streets and rushing towards the main square.
Many people were coming from the square, filling up the side streets, and so there was a great coming and going of individuals, all of them happy and delighted.
This was the question Mary asked Fairy Pauline.
“You will soon find out dear Mary as soon as we get to the square, then you will discover yourself what these people are so eager to know” replied the Fairy.
Almost running, Mary arrived at the square, and with great difficulty tried to get to the centre from where she could hear shouts of joy and amazement.
With surprise but still not understanding, Mary let herself join in the exuberance of the people, and even more determined to understand what was going on in the middle of the square, she walked onwards, clutching Fairy Pauline’s hand.
Oh, like a magic spell, incredible things happened right in front of her!
On an enormous shining table appeared small objects continuously.
They were exactly those things that disappeared in the Kiddies Town and Mary had found in the cave.
Flabbergasted she stopped to watch and what she saw left her dumbfounded.
She was even more amazed when she realized that those objects so familiar to her were totally unfamiliar to the people of the town without a name.
None of them had ever seen a coloured pencil or crayons before; even the paint brushes were looked at with curiosity.
They handed them around to each other trying to understand what they were: they smelt them, bounced them up and down, tried hanging them around their necks like a trinket.
Each person took something from the table, and then went off leaving space for others.
Mary realized that there were so many people, because they arrived from nearby towns where the inhabitants had heard about the event, and everyone wanted to take something home even if they didn’t know how the objects could be used.
Fairy Pauline observed Mary who had become thoughtful. “What are you thinking about Mary? What thoughts are making you so withdrawn?”
Mary looked at the Fairy and opened her heart to her.
“ I don’t understand why in the Kiddies Town the objects disappear, go into the cave and then reappear in this town without a name”
The Fairy picked Mary up and sat her on her lap, and very seriously started to talk: “ you see Mary, in the Kiddies Town, there were so many objects, too many: Neither the children nor the adults use their imagination any more, they believe that they can’t do without all those things, and so they just let everything happen without inventing solutions, even simple ones that would help them deal with unexpected happenings in their Lives.
They are always agitated, fearful of losing something; they feel insecure when there is a problem.
You showed them that you could carry on living happily even when something is missing. You can’t resolve situations with fear and anxiety, often a little imagination and calmness is all that is needed.
In the town without a name the reality is different.In that place there is no abundance of objects, and often they have almost nothing but use what they have without ever complaining.
However it is right that they should enjoy progress and learn to use what can help them live more comfortably.
The difference between these two communities is this: The Kiddies have too much and are often so suffocated by their possessions that they don’t think in an imaginative and free way: they depend only on their possessions and objects.
In the town without a name everything is different: their fantasy and imagination is always at work because they have to continuously find solutions for their daily needs, and this is why Life wants to reward them by giving them things that can simplify and make their lives better.
In the Kiddies Town, objects make Life complicated and suffocate the imagination, in the town without a name, the objects help the inhabitants as they always use their imagination.”
Mary was perplexed: who decides to take things away from one community and give them to another?
The Fairy didn’t reply: all in good time.
For now Mary had learnt to keep calm when faced with something difficult, and use her imagination to find a solution, and understood that if you live wisely you are rewarded.
THE TOWN OF JEWELS
In a little town by the sea, Mary was walking along the main street and she stopped to look in the shop windows where so many jewels were displayed. What a strange place she thought, that instead of shops selling food or toys or books or other useful things, these shops only sold jewels.
The town seemed different; the streets were empty, only those shop windows sparkling with jewels.
Mary was very surprised, she carried on walking to see if she could find someone she could ask for an explanation.
There was no one.
There were a few empty houses; many beautiful very well cared for gardens, but no cars, in fact no sign of Life at all.
She returned to the main street, and began once more to walk down it, and again she was fascinated by the beauty and opulence of the jewels.
They were jewels of every kind, some were very old, others very modern.
Mary was so fascinated by them that she even forgot to eat. She went up and down the street looking at them and every time she noticed some detail that she hadn’t seen before.
Fairy Pauline was sitting waiting patiently in a beautiful garden full of roses, irises, peonies, and dahlias. She was sitting exactly underneath a huge wisteria, and inhaled its perfume while waiting serenely.
She knew that Mary would ask her why there were only jewels in that town.
She did not have to wait in vain, because Mary arrived scowling, and rather out of breath. She said to the Fairy Pauline: “I’m hungry and thirsty, I forgot to eat and drink. Those jewels captured all my attention”
Fairy Pauline said nothing; she got up and took Mary towards a side street, which the child had not noticed before.
At the end of this small road there was a tiny railway carriage, all painted pink and blue, draped in lovely smelling flowers, and with seats all covered in brightly coloured material. It looked more like a coach to be pulled by horses, than a railway carriage.
Mary and Fairy Pauline got in and immediately a lively song started.
The carriage set off, they were the only two on board.
Mary was so amazed by all this that she was speechless: just the two of them on this marvellous railway carriage, with the perfume of the flowers, the lively music and the scenery was different from any other town she had visited.
Trees growing luxuriantly with jewels instead of fruit, incredible waterfalls with gold pouring down instead of water, windmills that tossed up golden particles.
Everything was so brilliant that it practically blinded her.
The sun’s rays struck the gold, the precious stones that hung from the trees, and all around was filled with a golden light.
How beautiful was this unusual and fascinating vision of the world.
But……….. Mary was hungry, thirsty, she wanted to have a bed to rest on, a jumper to cover herself now that the sun was beginning to go down.
There was nothing.
She certainly couldn’t eat the fruit that hung from the trees, because they were precious stones.
She certainly couldn’t drink from the waterfall: it was gold.
She couldn’t cover herself with the jewels: they weren’t warm.
The Fairy Pauline was looking at the scenery, she was neither hungry nor thirsty, and she didn’t even feel chilly. She was relaxed and waiting to see what would happen.
The carriage stopped and so did the music, the flowers withered and…….all the scenery changed.
There were no more shop windows full of jewels, or trees and precious waterfalls, just a normal scene of a town inhabited by human beings who seemed very serene.
When Mary saw a delightful looking coffee shop, from where she could smell the wonderful aroma of newly baked biscuits and cakes, she could resist no longer: she jumped out of the carriage pulling the Fairy Pauline with her, and they ran and sat themselves down at a little table waiting to be served.
At once a splendid young man came up to them, he was smiling and rather curious to see two new faces in that small town.
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