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The child raised on folklore…

Written By: Jessica Morrell - May• 08•23

Fairytales are more than moral lessons and time capsules for cultural commentary, they are natural law.  The child raised on folklore will quickly learn the rules of  crossroads and lakes, mirrors and mushroom rings. They’ll never eat or drink of a strange harvest or insult an old woman or fritter away their name as if there was no power in it. They’ll never underestimate the youngest son or touch anyone’s hairbrush or rosebush or bed without asking, and their steps through the woods will be light and unpresumptious. Little ones who seek out fairytales are taught to be shrewd and courteous citizens of the seen world, just in case the unseen world bleeds over. ST Gibson

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