"Mom, bees sting and I don't like bees!t"
"Hmm.... its true that bees sting but they only sting when they feel there are in danger. If you don't hurt them I don't suspect they will try to hurt you."
"So, are bees important?"
"That is a great question - lets think about what bees do?"
"Bees make honey. Oh, I like honey"
"How do they make honey?"
"By collecting nectar from flowers.... "
"A huh, let's think about the food that we eat. Lots of the fruits and vegetables we eat start as a flower right?.... When bees are making honey - they are also helping those flowers turn into yummy things to eat. Cool huh?...."
...and after a long conversation about bees, honey, flowers, and food....
"Wow, bees are the most important animal mom!"
"Yep, I'd say they are pretty important - to us at least"
So this week, thanks to my daughter, I'm thankful for bees. We of course went on to have similar conversations about why the trees are important and the moon is important.... and I'm sure she will have more "important" thoughts for me on the car ride home today. I'm so thankful that she is reminding me of what is important and how much there is to be thankful for.
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