Mythological Creatures, Part Two

Today is my daughter, Kristina’s, birthday, and she’s coming over from North Carolina to visit and to look at a couple of houses she and Houston are interested in buying. The great news is that they’re both really close to our house so it’ll be easy to pick up Gidget for playdates and to take care of any future grandkids! One of the other reasons she wanted to come for a visit is to feast on Tex Mex and BBQ. It’s not the same in North Carolina!

Today is the day that Raylene is taking questions for her monthly Q&A.  She books up quickly, so submit yours ASAP at 

Enjoy today’s post, the last in the series. 

Me: What’s the difference between a sprite and a fairy?

Erik: It’s really very subtle. A fairy can sometimes take on a humanoid form, and they like to hang around water and grass. Sprites have more of an affinity for nature, in general, like all forms of it. It doesn’t matter where. It can be from the highest mountain to the deepest ocean.

Me: Do I have any fairies or sprites hanging around me?

Erik: Tons of them!

Me: Really?

Erik: They hang out in the yard. They don’t come inside.

Me: Oh. All right, when I’m outside playing with the dogs—

Erik: They love all that.

Me: They’re hanging out with me. That’s kind of cool. Tell me what they look like.

Erik: Like little balls of light. Wispy little balls of light.

Me: Okay. Are you talking about sprites or fairies?

Erik: Both.

Me: Oh, both of them! But fairies can take on a humanoid shape like Tinkerbell?

Erik laughs.

Erik: Yeah, they can but they don’t usually. They’re more like little balls of light.

Robert: He was showing me different colors, and the colors represent either fairies or sprites.

Erik: Sprites tend to have brighter colors and fairies tend to be more white and pink. Sprites can be purples and reds.

Me: Okay. So do you think when we’re videotaping and catching orbs on camera, some of them are fairies and sprites?

Erik: Sometimes, but that’s mostly us, spirits. When you film in my room, that’s me. That’s all me. Or Denise.

Me: Okay.

Erik: Never Popi.

Me: Good.

Erik: Because y’all don’t want him around.

Robert laughs.

Me: No.

Robert: Your mom just said, “I heard that!” like from another room!

Me: Oh, she does that!

Robert: She’s done that several times.

Me: I know. It’s very funny. Well what are the purposes for fairies and sprites? First of all, what do they think about humans? Be gentle, please.

Robert: One of them started talking.

Fairy: Oh, we love humans!

Me: Aw! We love you, too!

Fairy: But we aren’t too keen on the ones that don’t take care of the earth.

Me: Yeah.

Fairy: It’s not that they don’t want to. It’s just that they’re not aware of how important it is. The ground that you’re walking on is hugging you. It’s loving you.

Me: Oh, wow.

Fairy: And you’re just stomping on it sometimes. It’s not because they don’t want to give love in return. It’s just that they’re unaware of what they’re being given.

Me: Yeah, we take things for granted.

Robert: She feels like a she. Her energy is like that of Glenda the Good Witch.

Me: Aw, that’s awesome. And what is your purpose, to take care of the earth?

Erik: Yeah, Mom. It’s about taking care of the earth, taking care of nature, pulling in the energy that needs to be recycled, the energy that needs to be cleared and then pushed out.

Me: Okay. Hey, I forgot about mermaids! Do they exist or have they ever existed?

Erik: No.

I felt so sure he’d say yes.

Me: Okay. Now, unicorns—

Erik: With mermaids, it’s almost always someone who is stuck on a ship, hallucinating, or they saw something that they thought was a mermaid because of what they heard and believed and immediately attach a mermaid to it when actually it was just a whale or a wave or something like that.

Or manatees.

Robert: Or they drank some bad ale.

Me: Yeah, okay. What about unicorns? I didn’t NOT expect there to be a yes on that one!

Erik: Mom, unicorns are fucking awesome!

Me: So they still exist?

Erik: Yeah.

Me: Really? I haven’t seen one lately!

Robert laughs.

Erik: Unicorns existed on Earth for a short period of time, only a few thousand years. They didn’t look like humans see them traditionally.

Me: When did they exist, and then we’ll talk about what they looked like?

Erik: About 7,000 years ago. They had a horn, but it didn’t have a twist to it. It was just a straight horn out. They had a face similar to a horse, like they had ears like a horse and a mane like a horse, but the muzzle was shorter. Their bodies were more like a pony’s, stouter, and their tails were not long. They were a little shorter, like a fourth as long as a horse’s. It’s like a bob.

Me: Okay. Well, what happened to them?

Erik: They became extinct.

Me: Why?

Erik: Some from hunting, some from predators. They lived in places like Iceland, Greenland, Siberia—

Me: They probably froze to death!

Erik: That’s why they were stockier.

Robert: I wonder why they haven’t found any bones.

Me: Well, maybe they looked like horse bones.

Robert: Maybe, but 7,000 years ago isn’t that long.

Erik: Oh, they’ll find bones, dude. The horns weren’t like bones like you see on reindeer or deer. They were more like tissue, like cartilage.

Me: Fleshy?

Erik: Yeah, fleshy.

Robert: Why would they even have a horn, then? Cartilage? And why would it grow out of the top of their heads?

Me: Yeah!

Erik: Oh, dude. Stop arguing with me.

Robert: Well, I’m not arguing. I’m just—

Me: Was it covered with skin and fur?

Erik: Most of the time they were white.

Robert: Well, there had to be some bone.

Me: No, it could be cartilage like our ears and most of our noses.

Robert: I don’t know how it could stick out like that.

Have you seen the ears on some people?

Robert: This is the kind of stuff Erik and I do. He’ll tell me something and I’ll argue with him. I’d be like, ‘Well, wait a minute. That doesn’t make any sense!’

We all laugh.

Robert: See, I used to not do that, but I do now. I think he likes it, actually.

Me: What were the horns used for?

Erik: It was for courtship.

Me: Oh, okay.

Erik: Not for fighting or anything.

Me: Not if it’s made of cartilage and covered with skin and fur. It’s probably not going to hold up in a fight.

Have you tried fighting with your ears or nose?

Erik: It’s more of a decoration like you see with peacocks how the females are more plain and the males are more ornate. If you had the biggest horn, you got laid the most.

Robert laughs.

Me: Oh my god. That’s so Erik. You said they still exist. Is that in another dimension?

Erik: Their physical form wend extinct, but their spiritual form still exists.

Isn’t that true with all life forms?

Erik: They’re interdimensional but don’t take on a physical form, so really, I guess you could say that the way that they exist is in spirit, but they stay connected to Earth.

Robert: Why do they stay connected to Earth?

Erik: Because they like it here.

Robert: Do they like to do other things?


Erik: Yeah, they just like chilling, dude.

Robert (laughing): Okay!

Me: After the tragedy of going extinct, they deserve to chill. Last one, trolls. I’ll probably have nightmares about this one!

Erik: Trolls aren’t so bad.

Me: Oh!

Tell that to the three billy goat’s gruff.

Me: They have better attitudes than leprechaun?

Erik: They’re very gentle.

Me: Really?

Erik: Mm hm.

Me: Like Shrek.

Robert: He’s showing me a troll in this place with a big bowl, almost like a cauldron, but it’s not like he’s making something for a spell or anything. He’s making an elixir to help you. What? Are they like into holistic stuff?

Erik: Well, sort of, dude.

Me: Okay.

Robert: So, what do they do, then?

Erik: They’re about putting out peaceful energy, about energy that helps those around them learn how to take care of themselves and their own wellbeing.

Robert: Okay, well that’s cool.

Me: Are they on Earth?

Erik: And their feet stink just as much as mine did.

Me: Oh no. They were bad!

Robert chuckles.

Me: Well, do they exist on Earth.

Erik: Yeah, like leprechauns and fairies and unicorns, they’re very nonphysical. Trolls are similar to elves because they can take a form if they want, but they usually don’t. Sometimes they get mistaken for Bigfoot.

Me: Oh, okay. How big are they?

Erik: Average? Eight to 10 feet tall.

That’s limits the number of bridges they can hang underneath.

Me: Wow! Seems like you couldn’t miss that!

Erik: Sometimes they’re very hairy. It depends on where they are. They like to stick to mountains like around fjords like in Norway with lots of woods around.

Me: The whole troll thing is big in Norway, so they must have seen them.

Erik: Trolls and Bigfoot, creatures like that, came from Norway, Sweden, the Scandinavian area. They have roots to the Viking history. Vikings liked to take things to mess with their minds so they’d have visions and see these kinds of things because their minds were more open to be able to. That created the legends. A lot of times, Vikings and different people like them would be big on being big and strong and tough.

Me: Oh yeah.

Erik: That was important to them. So they’d tell these stories to boost themselves up. Maybe they’d say, “Oh, I saw a troll, and we’ll protect your lands from that troll, and blah, blah, blah.” There could be some truth to it because some of them may have seen a troll, but others, when they become aware of it, they start spreading that stuff around. And the villagers go, “Oo, I have to be safe and protected! Ooo!”

Me: So they had to pony up the dough.

Early mafia?

Erik: Or whatever. Pony up the ass or pony up the dough or pony up the something.

Me: Ah! Pony up the daughters. Oh boy. All right. Anything else before we close?

Erik: Nah, Mom. I’m good. That was a lot of fun.

Me: It was fun! Very lighthearted.

We close in the usual way.

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