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.
“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…”
“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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