Bimple McFee Finds his Star
by Susan Bruck
Once there was a gnome named Bimple McFee. He lived in Mother Earth’s cozy room in the roots of the apple tree. At night, when the other gnomes were sleeping, Bimple McFee often climbed the winding pathway to the surface of the earth and gazed at the stars. Bimple McFee loved the stars.
One night, when it was almost winter and the moon was a crescent, Bimple McFree leaned against the apple tree, watching the stars through its bare branches. In the arms of the moon lay a star that twinkled brighter than the rest. Bimple McFee stared at that star for a long time, his heart filled with love and awe. All the stars were beautiful, but this was the most beautiful one of all.
Suddenly, he heard a voice that flowed over and through him. The voice was as sweet as honey and as warm as the summer sun. “Bimple McFee,” the voice said, “I am the fairy from that star you are watching. That is your special star. It was born on the same day you were. The star and I watch over you always. We love you very much.”
The beautiful star fairy kissed Bimple McFee’s forehead and put her hand over his heart.
“Bimple McFee, I have left a gift for you in your home. It will help you find us, your star and me, whenever you need us, day or night.”
Bimple McFee thanked her. As he returned to Mother Earth’s cave, his eyes were full of starlight.
He fell asleep as soon as he reached his bed, and dreamed sweet, sparkly dreams. The next morning, when he awoke, he found a clear crystal, round as an egg, by his pillow. When he looked into it, he could see his star. He could see the star fairy smiling at him. Bimple McFee smiled back.
He went to show Mother Earth. She smiled, too, for she could see that Bimple McFee had found his star.
This is a version of another story that I used to tell as a puppet play for my nursery children. It is short and simple. And it had gnomes. The children love gnomes. Me, too. And fairies, too. When I presented this story, I also included a star song (which I didn’t write, but I’m not sure who did):
I can light a candle, God can light a star. Both of them are helpful shining where they are.
I hope you are enjoying the holidays. I am enjoying spending time with my daughters–quiet days. They are both tired out from their lives and a few days of quiet and together is good for all of us.
Happy new year to all of you!
And thanks for stopping by!