#FWF fairy tale: Thrice Upon A Time

Thrice Upon a Time

The 3 played together, slept holding each other’s hands, wanted to eat, and dress the same. Spray, Nomad and Kindred. Where there was 1 there was 3. Never alone. Always smiling.

Evergreen wondered when the 2 would notice the 3rd didn’t look like them. When she took them in the stroller to town, people would stare, mutter or say loudly rude things. Point and stare. Made her very uncomfortable. How would Spray and Nomad react?

Season built an all-terrain carrier so that she and the children could walk through the woods and fields lessening the chance of encounters. Here they played among the ferns and wood meadows. Laughter ruffled like the leaves.

Evergreen and Season had already decided to home school Kindred. Evergreen, after exploring home schooling on the web; linking up with other parents who home schooled for a variety of reasons, became convinced that Spray and Nomad should too. They were a unit of 3. Spray and Nomad would feel like they were being punished, sitting in desks, listening to a teacher, surrounded by other children. Meanwhile, Kindred was at home sitting on the floor with Evergreen as his teacher.

The day came. The 3 became aware they were 2 and 1. But, it didn’t bother any of them. They had accepted each other so totally, Spray and Nomad as the natural bonds of twins, and Kindred was an extension of themselves.

The 3 never asked why Kindred was all light, smooth and wrinkly skin except for the brown hair several places on his head (and other places later). Never wondered at his funny face with round blue eyes, small pink nose, and reddish mouth. Nor that he was less strongly built with less strength. They were brothers. How such a strange looking child came to be one of the 3 didn’t matter.

Evergreen and Season put their hands of each other’s shoulders and smiled. None of them ever saw Kindred as ugly. They had created a good loving family.




5 thoughts on “#FWF fairy tale: Thrice Upon A Time

  1. summerstommy2 July 19, 2014 / 10:03 pm

    Actually you have written very well, I did enjoy it. Home schooling is just a thing I have having tried to teach some who came back to normal school after home schooling. Then again I did teach some HS kids who were just fine in the mainstream.


    • phylor July 21, 2014 / 9:55 am

      My father was home-schooled. He and his mother often had to travel from their rural home in Nova Scotia to Boston for surgeries on my father’s foot. He had what was known then, as “club feet.” So, his mother home schooled him until the surgeries were finished, no more casts on his feet. My dad was smart anyway, but when placed in a class with students his age, he was years ahead of them.
      At 14, left home to board in town to go to high school. Went to University at 16.
      I think my dad would have aced school, but I think his home schooling — my grandmother didn’t put up with anything and was a “hard task master,” probably nurtured his “smarts.”
      When I taught at university, unless a student told me, I had no idea who was home schooled or no.
      I agree — for some students, home schooling is good, or necessary — but home schooling doesn’t immediately guarantee great students. There have to be committed parents and kids who what to learn.


      • summerstommy2 July 21, 2014 / 12:48 pm

        Yes I agree with that final point. I always believed that good students will always do well no matter where they are schooled. I can understand your fathers situation though, tough times for him back then. Thanks for your reply.


  2. summerstommy2 July 19, 2014 / 8:25 pm

    We as parents always see the beauty in the children raise. That’s what being a parent is all about I think, seeing the beauty in each child and not just physical beauty but the beauty of the spirit they possess. Well written phylor, enjoyed this one though home schooling does cause me to raise an eyebrow.


    • phylor July 19, 2014 / 8:28 pm

      I was thinking that since Kindred is human (and the rest of the family probably not) homeschooling would save him from stares and taunts. And since they were always 3, that Spray and Nomad would be home schooled too. Not for or against — just that in this story Evergreen and Season were trying to protect Kindred from the world a while longer.
      Glad you liked the story, even if homeschooling raised your eyebrows!


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