Sunday, June 01, 2008

Telling Tales...

Once upon a time, there was a small bee. Her name was Very Small Bee and she was no bigger than my fist. See?

Very Small Bee was looking for flowers to press in her encyclopedia to make the pages more interesting. It was a beautiful day, and soon she forgot to look for flowers and started pretending she was a bumblebee, whizzing around and darting suddenly in different directions, giggling at the reactions of everyone she passed.
As she zipped around the corner of the Bigbee House on Man Lane, she nearly caromed into Very Tall Tree. The collision was avoided only by the quick flinch of Tall Tree and the breath of Mr Storm that pushed Very Small Bee off course. Very Tall Tree shuddered a little, thinking of the barely averted accident.
Very Small Bee laughed and laughed because her flight had been fast, and her approach sudden, but she was a Very Small Bee, after all, and the tree was a Very Tall Tree and she had scared him! Very Small Bee felt powerful and strong and strutted a little on Tall Tree's leaves.
"Shame on you Very Small Bee" said the Very Tall Tree. "Did your mother never tell you how you should think of others and be kind and thoughtful? You frightened the acorns off of me, now all of my squirrels will have to go all the way to Ground Level to gather their nuts and be in danger of being caught by Large Brown Dog or Schizoid Black Cat. I know you were having fun, but you must remember that all that you do affects others you come in contact with."
"I'm sorry, Very Tall Tree." Said Very Small Bee in a quiet voice. "I did not realize that I was being so unkind. Will you forgive me?"
Very Tall Tree smiled down at her. "Of course, Small Bee! I'm not telling you you cannot have fun, just be careful, ok? I do not want you to get hurt any more than I want to save myself and my friends from pain!"
Very Small Bee hugged Very Tall Tree and set off again, looking for a nice blue flower to add to her collection. And as she flew she was a much calmer, humble, and thoughtful bee.


Anonymous said...

Love the story. All I think this of is "What big eyes you have."

Janeen said...

What a sweet girl! All I can think of is . . . "What cute, small ears, you have." Tee hee.
Seriously, if she was any cuter, we'd have to hurt you.