Brownies (not the kind you eat)

This week we’re talking about mythical beasts and which are our favorite. This topic does pop up every once in awhile around here though we don’t limit it just to beasts. While I do love stories about Nessie, Pegasus, Unicorns, and Dragons it is hard to narrow down to just one favorite. We do love our Dragons here, Wyatt and I recently made dragon eggs. It was a fun project for us on a no technology day. We have several supplies set aside to make little fairy houses and gardens. At Christmastime Wyatt talks nonstop about elves and flying reindeer.

Brownies seem to get mentioned nearly as often as dragons in this house. These little creatures tend to only be seen by children since children are still so innocent that they can see them. At night they come out and do chores in the house, helping out the humans who live there. Brownies are loyal and become very protective over their humans. Should a family move the Brownie will move with them. You can leave a gift out for your Brownie usually in the form of a little dish of milk or cream but you most not EVER offer them payment. They’ll be offended and leave.

There are days when my kids and I will go to my parents and do some cleaning while they’re away or sleeping. When asked if we cleaned we’ll say it must have been the Brownies.

Wyatt says we have one in our house since we’ve had things that were breaking but then they would work the next day. Our old xbox wouldn’t work at all and he would get upset. Then the next day when he would go to try it the thing would work. So of course he thinks a Brownie fixed it. Or the sink that was draining a little slow and now it is draining normal. Not many people know what we’re talking about when we talk about them.

Have you ever heard of the Brownies? Anything ever happen in your home that you could attribute to them?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to Brownies (not the kind you eat)

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’d heard of house fairies, but never heard them called brownies. Your parents are lucky – we definitely don’t have them in our house. Hope they come to visit soon!


  2. Oh, I haven;t heard of Brownies in a while.I sure could use them here! One busy mother of many that I knew said that she was waiting for Brownies to show up, but they never did. “I even leave food out for them…sometimes all day!” We had a good laugh.
    I think that is terribly cute of you to have had Brownies in all of your life.


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    are Brownies similar to elves or fairies?
    I remember reading about a period around the 1900s when people were supposedly photographing fairies. It was a big thing. Not sure anyone ever PROVED the fairies were real, but the pix certainly seemed convincing.


    • Jeff I think it depends on the person and the culture. I have heard people refer to Brownies as House Fairies or House Elves. I have never considered them to be the same.
      That would be interesting to find old photographs that people have taken claiming to have captured a fairy.

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      • Jeff Salter says:

        I’ve seen several pix from that era (when “fairy photos” were a cottage industry). I’m sure 99% are fakes, but they were well done, for the available photographic technology of that era.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I saw your dragon eggs on Facebook. They looked great.


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