Do you know what your kids are singing? Especially your very young kids? Now I am no spring chicken anymore, but I know that one of the first things that kids learn is music – specifically singing. They are taught at the youngest age to do simple rhyming song.
- Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?
- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
- One that my sister was taught was Chicken Riding? I, personally, had never heard it before or after she sang it (sometimes I think she just made it up to keep me guessing?!)
- Itsy, Bitsy Spider – and so on.
The one children’s song that came to mind this morning is about one of my favorite creatures – the Bumble Bee. “I caught a little baby bumblebee, won’t my mommy be so proud of me.” (It’s kind of tragic at the same time – stings the kid, gets squashed, makes a mess of the shirt, and in the end, the kid gets into trouble…ahh, kids songs?!)
We have honey bees that are brought up from New Mexico every spring. A company (friends) has our permission to pull their huge semi-truck onto our property. Park it there, unload, and distribute over 600 colonies of bees. It takes about three days to get them all spread out here in northeastern Colorado. Then in the fall, they do the reverse. We have extra free great pollinators all summer long. (They should be here in the next couple of weeks.)
We also spend a fair amount of time every spring adding more (or new) good-bug-friendly plants to our yards and gardens. The first few years on our little slice of heaven were kind of sad. A few spots out front with a few flowers in them, but nothing to really attract our good bug buddies. I can still remember the first time I saw a Praying Mantis. Got so happy I cried a bit!
Over the years and our continuous work, we have managed to attract all types of garden helpers.
- More Praying Mantis (green & brown – for those that do not know – female and male in our territory.)
- Walking Sticks
- The continued Honey Bees
- Humming Birds.
- An ever-growing variety of wild birds.
- Soldier bugs
- And a variety of beetles.
The one that is closest to me, in more ways than one, is the bees. We have several varieties here now. The one that I did not see until just last year was the Bumble Bee. I didn’t even think about it until I read this email: Mother Nature Network (MNN)
Bumblebee gets a helping hand from Endangered Species Act
I didn’t know they were on the endangered species list? I know the Honeybees have been declining, so we help them as much as possible, but it never dawned on me that the Bumblebee is was having issues as well.
Maybe they should start teaching kid song to save things like the bumble bee instead of squashing it? Maybe we could help starting now?
There was a little baby Bumblebee.
So I sat real still as I could be.
The Bumblebee came and sat on me.
Oh, what a wonderful thing to see.
Then he turned and smiled with glee.
Don’t ya just love those Bumblebees!
(Can’t write right now, because I can’t stop laughing at myself!)
Ok, so I cannot write a song, but you get the picture. The idea of teaching our kids not to be afraid of things like Bumblebees, Honeybees, and Spiders just appeals to me. I though, have my work cut out for me with my grandson. He is a big giant panzie! He can’t wait for summer, but asks every day if the snakes are out yet? If I say yes, it is time, then he won’t go outside – grrr!