A Very Fairytale Day – Interview with Kirsty Provan, Founder of Pacific Fairytales

Hope Stories

As a recent addition to our Back to School Fair on August 22nd, 2019, we are excited to announce that we will have Supergirl joining us! From a recent interview with Kirsty Provan, Pacific Fairytales’ Founder, we get a look into why she started the company in 2012. 1. What is the most rewarding part of what you do? I think the most profound moments are the ones where families invite us into their grief. There is something very humbling about being asked to hold space with others in their pain; to light a candle with them in the dark. It’s one of the most moving experiences to see a sick child try to sit up in bed as you walk into the room, or to sing you a line from your song, or to reach for your hand with more strength than you, the adult, could ever muster. That’s the real superhero business. Suddenly I’m just a little girl playing dress-up, being shown by a child what it looks like to wear a cape. 2. Tell us about the most memorable event or moment for you There are so many funny and adorable moments from over the years, it’s hard to choose! I think one of my favourite one’s was around Christmas time when we were talking about making wishes, and I said to a group of 4 year olds that sometimes it’s nice to give your wishes away. “What does that mean?” the Birthday girl asked. “Well,” I said, “maybe there’s somebody out there who really need some hope, and you could wish that for them.” “YEAH,” a wide-eyed, tousle-haired boy piped up. “Like the homeless. They don’t have homes. I’m going to wish for a home for someone.” “And I’m going to wish they get some warm socks!” said another. “And I’m going to wish that they get some toothbrushes and a can of beans,” said another (it was becoming clear that they had very specific items they donated each year). And just like that, each of those little four year olds blew away their wishing dust for someone who desperately needed it. They gave up their wish for a unicorn, or for fairy wings, or for the new shopkins set. They gave them up for people that they didn’t even know. I remember climbing into my car after that party and just bursting into tears. The things that children can teach us. People often thank us for making their child’s dreams come true. I don’t think they have any idea how much they’ve done for us. 3. If there was one thing you could tell kids at their birthday party, what would it be? That they are loved. That they are precious. One of my favourite things that we say to them right before the coronation ceremony is that being a princess isn’t about your dress or your hair or how you look, it’s about what’s inside your heart. It’s about being kind, and looking after…

As a recent addition to our Back to School Fair on August 22nd, 2019, we are excited to announce that we will have Supergirl joining us!

From a recent interview with Kirsty Provan, Pacific Fairytales’ Founder, we get a look into why she started the company in 2012.
1. What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
I think the most profound moments are the ones where families invite us into their grief. There is something very humbling about being asked to hold space with others in their pain; to light a candle with them in the dark. It’s one of the most moving experiences to see a sick child try to sit up in bed as you walk into the room, or to sing you a line from your song, or to reach for your hand with more strength than you, the adult, could ever muster. That’s the real superhero business. Suddenly I’m just a little girl playing dress-up, being shown by a child what it looks like to wear a cape.
2. Tell us about the most memorable event or moment for you
There are so many funny and adorable moments from over the years, it’s hard to choose! I think one of my favourite one’s was around Christmas time when we were talking about making wishes, and I said to a group of 4 year olds that sometimes it’s nice to give your wishes away. “What does that mean?” the Birthday girl asked. “Well,” I said, “maybe there’s somebody out there who really need some hope, and you could wish that for them.” “YEAH,” a wide-eyed, tousle-haired boy piped up. “Like the homeless. They don’t have homes. I’m going to wish for a home for someone.” “And I’m going to wish they get some warm socks!” said another. “And I’m going to wish that they get some toothbrushes and a can of beans,” said another (it was becoming clear that they had very specific items they donated each year).
And just like that, each of those little four year olds blew away their wishing dust for someone who desperately needed it. They gave up their wish for a unicorn, or for fairy wings, or for the new shopkins set. They gave them up for people that they didn’t even know. I remember climbing into my car after that party and just bursting into tears. The things that children can teach us. People often thank us for making their child’s dreams come true. I don’t think they have any idea how much they’ve done for us.
3. If there was one thing you could tell kids at their birthday party, what would it be?
That they are loved. That they are precious. One of my favourite things that we say to them right before the coronation ceremony is that being a princess isn’t about your dress or your hair or how you look, it’s about what’s inside your heart. It’s about being kind, and looking after those who are smaller than you. It’s about being bold and brave and knowing when to say no. They receive their crown because of what is inside their heart, not because of where they born or who their parents are, or what they look like. They receive their crown for accepting their great mission: to love deeply, selflessly, generously. And so without that crown or dress or cape, they will never forget what CS Lewis writes about in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe: 

“You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,” said Aslan. “And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth.”

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