Flowers

Flowers bloom year ’round, here in Houston. Spring wildflowers are blooming, now, and the bees are happy. A bumblebee tried to whisper in my ear, yesterday- “Avoid the butterflies,” he said. “They’re flighty.”

“Sure, but you’re a bumbling bee, so you shouldn’t be so critical.” I ducked like a nimble prizefighter as the round little bumblebee dove in to strafe my ear with his stinger poised to deliver its venom, a bright blue dragonfly laughed.

Bumble flew off, doing “catch me if you can” barrel rolls as he lifted his hairy little body towards the sky.

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“Is he always like this?” I asked no one in particular.

“Always,” replied the Monarch, slowly flexing her wings. “But he helps to keep our garden beautiful, so we pretend…”

“Pretend?”

“It’s easier if we pretend that he is our Court Jester.”

“That dragonfly is funnier,” I muttered, “and that’s not saying much.”

“Hmm. Wait till you know him better. And watch out for the wasps. They’ve a stinging wit and they’re mad as hornets.”

I shook my head and walked on, eager to finish my 10,000 steps before melting in the 80-degree heat. It seems strange to have a sunburn in early April…

 


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Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/hollyjahangiri. For more information on her children's books, please visit http://jahangiri.us/books.
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  1. This sounds like a children’s book in the making. 🙂 Good thing the bee flew away. Who wants a sting in the ear? We’ve only started getting milder weather, so not much is blooming around here yet. It must be beautiful in Houston! I wouldn’t mind 80-degree temps in April or any other time. Wasps are a real pain-in-the-ass for us in the summer. Those artificial nests actually work, much to my surprise. Hornets? Haven’t found a way to get rid of them, but they don’t come around as much.
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