Wednesday, October 10, 2012
What a 5 year old really wants
The vegan was working at a house this week where they were off loading cast away kid gear so when he came to dinner on Monday he brought Liam: a motocross helmet, a life jacket, some kind of walky-talky radio type thing that you wear on your arm and which Liam calls a watch, and a baseball glove. He proceeded to immediately help Liam put them all on at once. What could be better? Liam declared them his penguin handling clothes "Because the penguins, you know, the penguins you know, they peck; they really do." This was cause for great fun.
The vegan came to dinner on Monday because we called him on Sunday to ask him to please come over and check out the bee situation at our house. We think we might have a bee nest up at the very tiptop of the house, right before the roof. Of course, it's never someplace easy. Liam and I thought we saw bees going in and out on Sunday, but by dinner time on Monday no one could see any bees. Maybe they were sleeping.
Or, maybe some of Liam's bee elimination tactics worked. These he explained in great detail and with great seriousness to the vegan over the phone on Sunday and included: hammering on the side of the house (at least 40 feet away from the nest if-it-is-a-nest) with his plastic hammer to send a sound signal to the bees to tell them to leave; putting the plastic hammer in the end of a 8 foot plastic pipe so he could hammer closer to the bees; and, using the bicycle pump to "shoot air at them. . .which I really thought would work, but it did not work."
The vegan is very careful during these conversations and, except for a small cough-type noise at the bicycle pump idea, did. not. laugh. Instead he said something like "Oh my, well, you know I think we'll need to look at it together, we maybe need to get a little bit up closer to the bees so we can figure out what is going on." It was a very sweet conversation to witness, and it was almost just as sweet on Monday when Liam wanted to explain it all again: "Well, I know, I know I told you on the phone but I want to tell you again how I tried my best, everything I could think of, but I couldn't get rid of the bees. I tried. . .."