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Oh, Yes I Can!

Oh, Yes I Can!

I decided to play with the big children when I was about five or six years old. In my mind there would be no more baby play for me. It would be an eventful summer for all of us in the neighborhood. I would show everybody I could do anything anyone else could do. At night beautiful fireflies would light up the neighborhood yards. We would catch them and put them in jars. The next night complete romance filled the air with the dainty lights illuminating from canning jars of the fireflies. When it became too late our parents would call us in. We took our baths in number three tubs, said our prayers and went to bed. That is what the big kids did. As a little one, we watched the big kids catch fireflies and occasionally they would catch bees and put them in jars too.
I wanted to show everybody I was a big girl. The next day I saw a bumble bee. I thought it would be a great idea if I caught that bee and placed it in a jar for all of the kids to see. Wouldn’t that be cool?I imagined the adoration, the admiration, the adulation, the exaltation, the idolization, the glorification I would get if they saw I could catch fireflies and bees too. I saw how my brother would catch bees. He would tie a string around each bee’s leg and we would watch them attempt to fly like a kite. We had so much fun watching those bees and fireflies trying to fly. I would catch that bumble bee. I would tie a string on its leg and the fun would begin watching that bumble bee trying to fly.
I went in my Mom’s cabinet to get one of her canning jars to put my bumble bee in. She asked me what I was doing. I told her my magnificent idea to catch the bumble bee and put it in the jar. I was expecting her to say “Oh yes you can” Instead she said “Oh no you are not” My great expectations of what a super, wonderful, brilliant, marvelous, outstanding idea did not come to fruition. She reminded me my brother had handled bees for a very long time. He knew how to handle them without getting stung. That was something new for me. That bee came from a hive of bees. They would be all over me like white on rice. Bumblebees are social insects which form colonies with a single queen. Their colonies are smaller than those of honeybees, growing to as few as 50 individuals in a nest. Female bumblebees can sting repeatedly, but generally ignore humans unless a human aggravate the bee in some way. My Mom talked me out of my great idea. I decided to wait until a more astute time for me. Oh, yes I did.