Life Lessons from Bees

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

First bee sting in July, 2007, 2 years old.
Once again, the garden is buzzing with bees of all shapes and sizes. From the time Sam's been a small boy, I've told him bees are for looking at and will always sting if touched or provoked. I was slightly amused by Sam tonight, who wanted to test what he'd always heard about bumblebees by reaching out to hold one, believing that maybe this bumblebee was nice and would just crawl around on his skin like all the other insects he's become obsessed with holding, only to be stung in the center of his palm. He was cupping it in his palms, after all. I wasn't there when it happened, but according to Landon, he came up to him with a quivering chin and said, "Daddy, I got stung by a bumblebee, but I'm going to be brave, and I'm not going to cry . . . " He then proceeded to burst into tears.

Life lesson learned--some things in life will always sting, and that's just the way it is.

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