Actually, he was the most vocally and physically (much hopping about ) excited one of all. We began with tinder collecting and an explanation of what worked well and how we would use it.
With part of our tinder, we created our fuel for the bee smoker and suited up for a little bee exploration. It is a perfect time of year to share with children.
Here he is applying the bee's wax we pinched off the comb.
He told me I was a great aunt, actually, maybe the best aunt anywhere. "In fact, " he said, " I think of you more as a grandmother figure." Sweet boy! That made me smile, especially since I've long since referred to them as my grandchildren. Of course, as life goes, it also made me sad. Kaye would not have done the type of things with them that I do, but she would have spoiled them and they would have known they were much adored by her. I always tell them about her when it seems appropriate. Always I miss her, but this time of year she is more gone than usual.
Ol' Henry has a friend who is passionate about bugs. He came over this afternoon and we suited up for another bee tour.
Yesterday I entertained Rae's boys, so this evening is just a little resting time.
After big classroom experiences, I always have my students reflect in a journal. In reflection of our dates I can say I loved my time one on one with them. I wouldn't trade one laugh, one "ah, ha" moment, one captured picture. Well, that scary one of me I could without. I can also say that I certainly understand grandparents who take their grands to a movie or the zoo for a date, especially when I have a daytime class that expects me to earn that paycheck. It's a bit of a challenge to be "on" all day, and then all evening too.
Sometimes I have a bit of regret that I've created a sort of Disney World at Gramerly's. I mean, seldom is there any just visiting, it is always doing. They don't just come and hang-out. These dates, I imagine, will only increase that expectation. But, overdoing is my disease, so be it.
I'm so very thankful that not so much as a band-aid was required with all that fire starting, sawing and exothermic reactions abounding. Thank you sweet Lord!
And my side-kick, I've really never experienced him enjoying the wee ones as much as he seemed to throughout these dates. Watching him with them was a little compounded joy.
So, contented is what I feel and that is a precious feeling indeed.