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!