Yesterday, I babysat my friend Amy's 3-year-old son, Ian, for a few hours. We had a grand ole time. He worked in his dinosaur sticker book and taught me all about those massive reptiles. We played with his freaking cool Batman cave (I kind of wanted one). Ian showed me very impressive Lego structures that his brother, Athan, built: a yellow tractor, a red dump truck, a white police helicopter, and an orange car with a trailer attachment holding a jet ski. I rolled the vehicles down the hallway to where the "water" was - for the little jet ski dude (Ian flew the helicopter). There was snack time: coffee and almonds (me), and a health food cocoa-snack bar and vanilla hemp milk (Ian. He actually loves these - a result of his brother's special diet). We watched cartoons, too, since it was a rainy day. I like Dora, but I'm not a fan of SpongeBob. We did laugh at some of his antics, but thinking ahead to my own kids, I didn't see much of an actual story or educational lesson. It was too "out there" for me. Am I super uptight, or do some of you parents feel the same way?
Anyway, in the midst of one of these flicks, a few bees buzzed about the screen which resulted in the following conversation:
Ian [with grave seriousness]: I do not like bees. They sting.
Jenni [empathizing, but sensing an opportunity]: That's true, but did you know bees do something good?
Ian [not buying this at all]: No, they don't.
Jenni: They make honey!
Ian: I do not like honey.
Jenni [incredulous]: You don't like honey?? Man, I sure do.
Ian: I don't like honey. I like hot dogs, chips, avocados .... Not honey.
Jenni: But your Mom loves honey in her tea.
Ian: I don't like honey. Bees sting.
Jenni [trying to muster sincerity]: Well, did you know if you stand still, they won't sting you?
Ian: No.... But I don't like bees.
I really tried. I'm sure my fear of stinging insects started early, so I wanted to help the kid out.
[home sweet home plaque from rae dunn's Etsy shop. It's an item from my Etsy wish list, so I think I've matured a bit in regard to bees. There is hope for Ian.]