When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies

laughing baby

Fairies struck her as quite delightful

“I don’t want ever to be a man,” he said with passion. “I want always to be a little boy and to have fun. So I ran away to Kensington Gardens and lived a long long time among the fairies.”

She gave him a look of the most intense admiration, and he thought it was because he had run away, but it was really because he knew fairies. Wendy had lived such a home life that to know fairies struck her as quite delightful. She poured out questions about them, to his surprise, for they were rather a nuisance to him, getting in his way and so on, and indeed he sometimes had to give them a hiding. Still, he liked them on the whole, and he told her about the beginning of fairies.

“You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

by J. M. Barrie (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937)
from Peter and Wendy (1911)
image – Joost Assink

A Little Laughter

On December 27th, this day in 1904, the play Peter Pan, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up had its debut performance at Duke of York’s Theater in London. In 1911, author J. M. Barrie published a novelized version, Pan and Wendy. Over the years the Peter Pan story has been re-told as a play on Broadway, and in movies, musicals and Disney animations.

The character Peter Pan and the popular origin of the name “Wendy” came from children Barrie knew. Peter Pan and the lost boys were based on the children of a close friend. The name “Wendy” came from another friend’s daughter, who called Barrie her “fwiendy-wendy,” a lisped and playful version of “friendy-wendy.”

A lot of us do voices for The Three Little Pigs, and some of us even make up stories. Do J. M. Barrie’s little friends make you wonder what would happen if you wrote down the silly-sweet stories you thought of starting, and worked them through to completion? Or if one day your “Captain Hook” sort of mood will make its way into a neighbor kid’s stage play?

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5 Responses to “When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    Thank you…said with a *smile*…good post…

    J.M Barrie lived in Kensington Gardens. A statue of Peter Pan is in Kensington Gardens…very difficult to photograph without a lot of tourists immediately surrounding the statue…

    Most people don’t know that a Peter Pan’s statue is there…until their attention is drawn to it (inadvertently, in my case…)

    Kensington Gardens is very pretty…

  2. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    Oh, forgot to say that the photograph accompanying your post is lovely…adorable…:-)

  3. E. A. Able Says:

    And that photo is just as clear and full of light at full size! There are a lot of wonderful photographers on Flickr.

  4. Daisy Says:

    Sweet. We’re visiting my new baby niece this weekend; she’s too young to laugh, but is so sweet. A baby’s giggle is truly magical.

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