At our house, we are big Okee Dokee Brothersfans. Their songs are funny, catchy, blue-grassy and encourage our kids to play outside. The truth is, I will get on board with just about anything that gets my little ladies thinking about things beyond princesses, tiaras and ball gowns. We stumbled onto this adventure team over the summer and can't get enough!
One of the things I appreciate about their music is that the lyrics make for great conversation: What is an oar? What is the big dipper? What do rattlesnakes do?
This last one has been a sticking point--we have watched many videos trying to learn about the rattles on these snakes and their venomous bite. (We're doing a lot of talking about how every creature has a built in 'sneaky feature' to allow them to run away or tell someone else to back away).
I can see in my daughters' eyes, both the thrill of curiosity and a little bit of fear when we talk about rattle snakes. She seems to like knowing about the things that live around us and she gets nervous that they could be lurking nearby. The part she seems most interested in is the "cure" that doctors would give us at the hospital if we needed it.
I'll expedite the conversation that lead us to antivenom, but suffice it to say, I compared medicine for snake bites to flu shots: In both cases you need a little bit of the real virus/venom to survive and bolster our bodies' defenses.
Bee Stings are very educational. -Garth Nix
Actually, all stings are educational. They also appear to be somewhat necessary. The paradox staring me in the face once again is that the thing that scares me can very often be the very thing I most need.
(Thank you, Okee Dokee Brothers, curious child and YouTube rattle snake videos for gently revealing this
"She liked to tell everyone that women make the best beekeepers, 'cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting." She says it comes from years of "loving children and husbands."