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Wait, Who Suggested This?


The other day, upon suggestion, Corde and I decided to watch Vanishing of the Bees.  I wasn’t sure Corde would have any interest, but I read her the clip on Amazon and told her it came recommended, so she was all about it.  She’s not much of a bee person, but thought it might be interesting.  It’s like a science mystery.

When I put on the movie Corde was entranced.  She didn’t know anything about how bees make honey before this and knew nothing about how important pollination was.  She had no idea bees had such an impact on the world around them.  It was like a whole new world opened up to her, and it was directly related to her current interest in the food industry.

Being a smart girl, she called it.  She said it was probably all the chemicals they sprayed on crops that were causing the bees to disappear.  If they got lost and couldn’t find their way then they wouldn’t be dead at the colony.  She didn’t know if bees even could get lost, but because they seem to travel so far, she could only imagine they must.  After all, how do they find their way?  They don’t exactly have maps and compasses, and she pointed out it’s sometimes hard to find the bathroom when you’re sick, exhausted, and just don’t want to move.  Wouldn’t the bees have the same problem?

Not surprisingly, Corde has decided that she doesn’t like the use of chemical pesticides.  When we have our own garden she wants it to be completely non-GMO and pesticide-free.  We’re going to give it a try.  She doesn’t want to use weed killers either, which I think is fair enough because I actually like weeding.  Then our garden can be “honey bee friendly”.  She thinks we should stick a sign out there so all the honey bees can see that our garden is just for them.  While she knows bees can’t really read, it would be a nice to help us remember that bees are our friends.  It would be a talking point for the neighborhood kids too.

When the movie was over Corde asked a really good question.  “Mom, who suggested this movie anyway?  Do you think they can suggest some more?”    The suggestion actually came from one of my readers over at Practicing Resurrection.  She had no idea that my readers were giving me suggestions on things.  Then again, she had no real idea that I had readers.  She knows I write about the things she and her brothers do, but she never really thought that anyone would read what I have to say.  “But we’re just kids.  We’re not that interesting!”  Boy is she wrong!

That got her asking about what all of you have had to say about her and her brothers.  She figured that people would think our family is pretty weird.  She couldn’t imagine what people would probably see in us.  She couldn’t understand how anyone could find their quirky little interests to be amusing.  After all, she doesn’t seem to think she does anything but play with the baby and climb trees.  It wasn’t until I started listing off all the other stuff they do that she realized, much like many of you have, my kids are some pretty cool kids.

Corde particularly wanted to thank my readers for all the things they’ve had to say, good and bad.  She wants to thank everyone for taking so much interest in the things she and her brothers are interested.  Most of all, she wanted to take the time to thank everyone for the great suggestions.  She can’t wait to see what other things people might suggest when she starts exploring further interests.

All of my readers have done a great job of teaching my kids a fantastic lesson.  Just because you don’t know someone personally doesn’t mean they don’t care.  This whole big world is connected in so many ways.  Strangers across this digital interface can all reach our family and share their experiences and read about ours.  My kids don’t feel so strange and different when I tell them about the other families I read about, and the comments I share about the things I write about them.

The timing for this couldn’t be better.  Corde and Beekee were just getting frustrated at the limits of their own friendships.  They want to find more people like them.  Now they’re starting to think that they should start looking into this internet thing, or at least finding pen pals.  Obviously there are other cool kids out there that don’t seem as weird to them as the local kids.

So, thank you, everyone.  You’ve helped my kids feel like they aren’t so weird.  You’ve given them some pretty great suggestions that have helped expand their interests.  You’ve really become a part of our lives and you haven’t even met us!  We all appreciate it!  Thank you, each and every one of you!


Author: Fox

With four kids, who has time for much? We spend a lot of time together, which translates to a lot of knitting time for me when we hang out. We've been trying to get back to our unschooling roots. We watch a lot of videos, play a lot of games, and pay attention to the things we notice in our everyday life. It's been quite the big adventure!

13 thoughts on “Wait, Who Suggested This?

  1. Maybe Corde and Beekee could start their own blog! I’ve been trying to get my daughter, Rebekah to start one. She has a lot of good things to say and she likes to write, but she says she’s too busy!

    • That would be a great way for them to work on their writing skills. I know Beekee’s a little ways away from being able to write his own stuff on the computer, but he really likes to have me play secretary. Dictation works until he’s confident enough to do it on his own. That’s a fantastic idea!

  2. Cool! There must be some other kid bloggers out there! I know a little boy at We Don’t Need No Education had one at one time
    His name is DJ. I think he’s probably about Corde’s age!

  3. Aww, that brings a great big smile to my face.

    And nothing is more interesting that kids!

  4. If Corde liked the bee show and wants a garden, she should next learn how ladybugs can help. I don’t have a specific show I can suggest, but she can research ladybugs all by herself. 🙂

    My father-in-law has kept bees before. I’m not sure if he still has any or not, his colonies started dwindling and disappeared like on the show. It’s generally attributed to pesticides.

    Also, it’s illegal to kill a honey bee because of the pollination and food source.

    • I had no idea it was illegal to kill honey bees! That’s interesting.

      Corde is going to be raising some ladybugs soon. Her grandparents sent her one of those insect raising kits. She’s really excited about it. Beekee can’t wait either. I think once they get going we’ll have all kinds of ladybug research going on here!

  5. we have not gone into as much detail as you have with explaining about gmo’s and the like (Tessa is only 4 after all!) But we dont have a very bigg backyard for a garden. Tessa is very interested in gardening and growing our own foods. I have decided that due to limited space (and my great hate for weeding) that next year we are going to try some square foot raised bed gardening. Im not sure how your yard is for space but this seems to be a preety easy way to have a good size garden and Corde could have her own section to tend to.

    • We’ve thankfully got plenty of space for a garden. We’ve been thinking about raised bed gardens since it would make it easier for the lawn maintenance people not to run it over, or container gardens because they can easily be moved. We actually found some info on growing pumpkins inside of a cleaned out pumpkin too, so that might be fun. I can’t wait to see where that leads.

      It’s so great that Tessa is into gardening. You might find that she’ll get into other stuff related to the food industry as she gets older. It’s a natural connection. Even if she doesn’t, at least she can be proud of herself for growing her own things for the family, and helping the bees and other insects and animals too!

  6. I just found this today and thought it might interest you guys.

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