Norfolk 'fairy tree' creates magical experience for neighborhood kids

Posted at 4:10 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 18:10:04-04

NORFOLK, Va. - A Norfolk woman is working her magic to help make summer more memorable for the neighborhood children with the help of her fairy friends.

“Fairy school is in session,” says Lisa Suhay.

It’s a class that no kid wants to skip.

Suhay designated a tree in her front yard as a “fairy tree” where tiny ethereal beings live.

Next to the tree there is a “mailbox” with supplies and a pint-sized chair for visitors.

No folklore here. Just fairies and a little summer magic during a pandemic.

A little note on the chair tells children that if they write a message for fairies, the fairies will be sure to respond, and they always do.

Over the weekend Suhay crafted up the creative space. Some neighborhood kids have flocked to the space to find a fairy and leave a card.

With safety in mind, Suhay leaves hand sanitizer in the “mailbox” and says she wipes down the area after kids stop by.

“Right before bedtime kids are showing up with wings on, or off, and they just pop up and I hear the car door slam and I hear ‘Mommy, mommy, I got a letter!’ or ‘Mommy, can I leave my letter?,’” says Suhay.

She says she came up with the idea after a child was looking for a fairy book in the little library next to her home.

As a mother herself, Suhay is happy to work her magic to make a lackluster summer more memorable. She hopes other people will take the fairy challenge and start their own tree in their own neighborhoods.

“I think it’s time to remember that there is joy in the world we just have to give it a place to grow and I encourage everybody to take a little bit of that happiness home and spread it around. “

The fairy tree can be found at the corner of Longwood Dr. and Woodbury Ave.