The Bee Hive

Sometimes it's honey; sometimes it's sting...

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Just as Marlene predicted, Norm and Jane hit it off right away. Jane is quite taciturn, but she and Norm were united in their intense interest in nature and the outdoors. Norm gave a very interesting talk about woodland creatures, wildflowers and ecology.
The children had many questions and he answered them all.
MARTIN - If a rabbit and a squirrel got into a fight, who would win?
OLIVIA - Do you think we'll see any fairies?
MARTIN - If a skunk and a buzzard got into a fight, who would win?
JANET - I brought my compass. If we get lost can I find our way out with it?
MARTIN - If a turtle and an armadillo got into a fight, who would win?
MEGAN - Where can I buy a tall pointy hat like yours?
MARTIN - If a mouse and a hummingbird got into a fight, who would win?
KELLY ERIN - Are we going to have a picnic?
MARTIN - If a mosquito and a fire ant got into a fight, who would win?
MARTIN - If a frog and a lizard...
JANE - Daylight's burning. Let's get to moving.
Norm showed them how to climb a tree to get their bearings in the wild.
Jane waited below with Kelly Erin since she was too small to climb that big tree.
Norm led the hike through the meadow, stopping the group to examine wildflowers, butterflies, and bugs.
They had a very educational and enjoyable hike. Everyone had a great time - Jane even cracked a rare smile - but it was time to turn back, so Norm could pack his things and be on his way to Missouri.


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