The Bumblebee Story

Melissa, founder of Bigger Picture Blogs, and I are reading Wild Minds: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg. In her latest post about Wild Mind, Melissa apologizes for being behind in her reading, but if she’s behind, than I am way, way behind!

In Chapter 15, Natalie challenges us, the readers, to do an oral “I remember.” She tells us to do them with friends, and so here in the blogging world, telling a story means doing a vlog. In the following video, I tell about one of my first memories. (If you are reading this post in your email, please click to Lemon Drop Pie to watch the video.)

This story may sound familiar to some of you; I wrote about it a while back for Mommy’s Piggy Tales. Here’s what I wrote:

When I was little, I spent the whole summer with bare feet. So it is no surprise to me that I remember having bare feet when we were moving from Nebraska to Illinois.

I was three years old, and we were spending the night in a hotel. My grandparents, your great-grandma and grandpa, were helping us move, and Grandpa Jim was driving the moving truck. We got to the hotel first, and as we saw Grandpa Jim pulling the truck into the parking lot, I ran down the sidewalk waving to him. Great-Grandpa was just behind me, and he saw something I didn’t see — a big ol’ bumblebee, flying down from the roof of the hotel straight for my big toe! He ran up behind me, grabbed me under the arms, (I remember seeing his brown shoes) and yanked me away from that bee!

That bee had a one-track mind, and he stung my big toe anyway! It hurt like the dickens! Grandma Loreeta immediately put some ice in a bowl, and we soaked my toe in ice water. That made my toe feel a lot better!

Thank you for joining me on my trip down memory lane!

A-Hunting We Will Go!

Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go by John Langstaff

This book arrived on my bookshelf courtesy of my mom. Mom was a music teacher, and she loved to incorporate literature in her classes. Everytime she went to an Orff workshop, she would come home with an armful of books! When she retired from teaching, she started bringing these books to our house, but only one or two at a time…she always thought she might go back to teaching, and then she would need her books!

This first book starts off with the traditional verses to “Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go” and then the author adds new verses that children helped him write. The music is included at the end for you to sing! (I also sing the tune in my vlog below.) This book is a wonderful way to teach rhyme and rhythm to young children.

A-Hunting We Will Go! A-Hunting We Will Go! by Steven Kellogg

This book arrived at our house via my mother as well. Steven Kellogg takes this folk song and completely changes and adapts it as a bedtime book. The children are told it’s time for bed. They begin the journey toward bedtime with their stuffed animal companions, and have a rollicking romp along the way!

Steven Kellogg also includes a musical score at the end of this book, but he uses a different tune; “A-Hunting We Will Go” can also be sung to the tune “The Farmer in the Dell.” One of the joys of folk songs is the use of different melodies; the variations in the melodies; and the variety of verses and words. Folk songs are vibrant and alive; always changing and never the same, and this makes them so much fun!

My vlog this week was filmed in the kitchen; however, this time I edited it (instead of my husband) and cut off the beginning! My family members will be disappointed that Emmy did not want to sit on my lap this time; she was too busy doing other things. If you look carefully, you will see her walk behind me at one point in the vlog.

This week, Vanessa at Silly Eagle Books is hosting Feed Me Books Friday. Head on over there for more fun book recommendations! (Our regular hostess, Janna, is at a conference this weekend. I wrote this post before Janna told us that next week’s topic is books you can sing! I apologize for jumping the gun!)


Have fun singing your books this week!