I decided, there not being a collective noun for fairy godmothers, and while an “argument of witches” and “a herd of fairies” or a “frolick of mystical fairies” are acceptable, I decided that a “fable of fairy godmothers” was the correct usage. It sounds a lot better than a “gaggle of fairy godmothers” , and since I am one, I made the executive decision. So there.
Now, for the discerning reader, here is a link to a delightful fable about a fable of fairy godmothers: The Theory and Practice of Fairy-Godmothering, Discussed in an Appropriate Environment, Namely, Over Tea by El Staplador (elstaplador)
Go there now, and get a clear understanding of the issues that face the magical helper and her client. An excerpt: “The sparkly tiaras are all very well, but sooner or later your girl is going to have to rule the kingdom while her spouse is off slaughtering the invading hordes, or whatever, and she’s going to have to know how many beans make five, as it were.”
Thank you, el staplador for this Monday morning smile.