May is a month full of birthdays for us….
I LOVE four year olds, don’t you? They’re old enough to ask very interesting questions, big enough to take care of things independently sometimes, but still little enough to just fit right into your arms and fall asleep with their heads on your shoulder.
I try to console myself about losing our tiny little William by thinking that if we’d gotten to keep him, we’d likely not have had George, and we all love George more than anything. But there’s still such a big empty spot in my heart, and the time right before and after he was born is so vivid in my memories….
So let’s think about a different birthday or I’m going to be crying all day. Well, honestly, I probably will anyway but…. let’s look at the pictures of Danny’s birthday anyway. They’re fun.
Yep. Those are bees. Betsy brought an observation hive full of them (approximately 2000 bees) to take to Danny’s school-school.
She took her bees and all her wonderful teaching props into Danny’s old primary classroom and his current class to teach the kids all about them.
Danny goes to a public Montessori school, and the students there take their gardening very seriously. Many of them already knew quite a bit about bees, and they asked LOTS of good questions.
Danny got to wear the beekeeper suit because it was his birthday.
In each class, Betsy chose one child whom she dressed up as a bee as she discussed all their parts and how they work. I’ve always known Betsy to be a very smart doctor, but I think perhaps she’s even a better teacher. Keeping thirty children at a time totally engaged and interacting in such a positive way can be a real challenge.
Even though she wasn’t going to be able to stay for our family celebration of Danny’s birthday, she brought a cake for us… with bees on it, of course.
So now Danny is officially seven. It’s still hard for me to believe.
And we have George (who likes cake 🙂 ) and I can’t imagine life without George. But there’s still a big empty hole in my heart for a beautiful little tiny boy named William Francis DeHority.