I’m just going to say it straight out. Fairies take things. They have a very skewed sense of ownership, as in, if I live here, I must own it; therefore I’ll take this pretty thing. It’s not the queer two dollar bill your Auntie gave you for your 10th birthday that they want. Value as we see it has nothing to do with value the way a Fairy sees it. They’ll take a pad of Post-It Notes with 2 left on it. Or the only sharpened pencil in the cup. Or the back off my earring. Not the gold earring, mind you, just the back.
Some have suggested that they aren’t fairies, but rather, Borrowers. Well, no Borrower I’ve heard about would want the back off my earring. There’s absolutely nothing they can do with it, and besides, Borrowers are only after practical things they can re-purpose.
It’s impossible to know what a Fairy will be attracted to. Many say they love bright, shiny objects, but how shiny is a Post-It Note, exactly? And have you ever seen the back of an earring?? I do have a bowl of plastic Mardi Gras throw beads to which they seem attracted. At least they poke around in it a lot.
Occasionally, they’ll take something that is important to me, and I’ll have to ask for it back. Like my glasses. They are either in my purse or on my face…nowhere else. Suddenly gone. My fault, having left my unzipped purse in the dining room. I should have known an open purse would be irresistable. I was desperate to get the glasses back, so I wrote a very small request on (what else) a Post-It note, and left it on the fairy altar in the dining room. I put a small cup of fresh water on top of it….fairies need fresh water and will be attracted right away. Then I waited. The cat drank all the water, so I had to refill it a couple of times. Two days later I heard a crash come from the dining room, and running back in, I found the cat staring intently up at the ceiling, where my glasses swung every so gently and precipitously from the chandelier.