Wednesday, December 10, 2008


When H was little, she would freak at bugs. Once when I was photographing her as a diminutive beauty queen on her tricycle on the front stoop she started screaming. For no reason, it seemed to me. But OMG! A ladybug had landed on her handlebars!

Before the ladybug landed

"Ladybugs are our friends," I told her. "They eat aphids which destroy good plants."

She was not convinced.

At that time one of the older buildings on the farm was still standing. Inside the walls was a beehive. I used to hold my hand on the side of the building and feel the activity inside. I loved my bees.

The bees traveled around the farm looking for food and H freaked whenever she encountered one.

"If you don't bother them, they won't bother you and they will fly away. Bees are our friends! They pollinate plants and make wonderful honey."

She was not convinced.

Fast forward to today. The building and that bee hive are long gone. H is a grown up big girl. Bees are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.

She sent me one of those email stories with photos about what happens when you don't clean your BBQ grill. The photo story started with the chemical bomb the dude used to kill bees when he saw some bees coming out from under the cover of his grill. The next photo showed dead bees piled up under the grill -- "a 20mm deep mass grave". (Must not be a US grill cleaner because he'd measure in inches)

So the bees are dead, the dude is happy and until --

He discovers all the honeycombs under the grill! What a mess to clean! Poor dude!

I think H sent this to me in the spirit of "That's Incredible!", but I am a humorless bitch.


Gwen said...

I don't think it's a funny story either. Also, has it never occurred to this man to sweep up the dead bees?

Hannita said...

A) The picture of H is great.
B) I think I would have given up the grill to the bees and bought a new one.

Captain Crab said...

Nothing about bees, but she must have gorgeous parents!

Idea #527 said...

She was sooo cute. . .then! haha! Kidding!! How come I still basically have the exact same face I did when I was that age and she looks slightly different??

Does she still freak out with Spiders too??