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Baby Bee Finds A Flower

Updated on April 29, 2012

A Short Story

Today, I want to share this short story I wrote and shared with my only daughter, Pinky, one night. She liked it very much, so I hope, you will also like it. I shared it, too, with an English teacher, and he said, it tells lessons through the lines in it. I hope you will find these lessons. Enjoy the find.

Fly. Fly Fly.

A baby bee flies over a green garden one gloomy afternoon.

But it cannot find any flower around.

"Huh. Huh. Huh."

The baby cries so hard.

Swing. Swing. Swing.

While happily swinging on a big green leaf, a baby praying mantis hears the crying baby bee and asks.

"Why are you crying?"

"I feel so weak and thirsty." The baby bee answers.

"Can you help me look for a flower?" The baby bee asks the baby praying mantis back.

The latter moves its head around.

"There." The baby praying mantis immediately points its right foreleg to a flower just infront of them.

"Huh. Huh. Huh. It is still close!" The baby bee complains.

"I know. You need to wait for tomorrow." The baby praying mantis explains.

Play. Play. Play.

The two babies decide to play until the baby bee forgets its thirst.

When darkness comes, they tell many stories until they fall asleep.

As soon as the sun shines brightly in the morning sky, the baby bee excitedly greets the red flower infront.

"Good morning. Good morning. Good morning."

The baby bee flaps its wings and hovers over the red flower.

For a while, the baby bee stops, looks up and prays.

"Thank you, Lord. I will be full today."

Then the baby bee starts to kiss the red flower and sips its fresh and sweet nectar.

"Thank you very much."

The baby bee says goodbye to the red flower.

"Buzz. Buzz. Buzz."



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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      It's part of the circle of life. Each living creature has its own role to fulfill to make the balance of nature going.

      Thanks for sharing this story, Sir Don! There's a lesson learned at the end of this fable.

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      DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

      Thanks Ino for finding meaning in the story. It was intended for the children and the children at-heart. Je je je. I wrote it for my daughter, but just the same, I published it for people who would like to find meaning in it. The same message is for my own consumption also. Thanks again.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Sharing stories can forget our hunger momentarily. Just like the two babies. And the night has its benefits to grow them wiser; also beneficial to us while we're sleeping.

      Thanks again, Sir Don!

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      DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

      Yes, I agree. Our physical hunger will always find its reasons but it may still go deeper than that. People may always seek to ease their hunger at the moment, but the hunger that goes beyond the physical may need a lot of planning, executing plans, and sustaining actions and sources of renewal. At the moment, it may serve good, but how about the next? I wonder how people go through unplanned actions and feel frustrated after all have been tried, even procrastinate. Coming to terms with plans and actions is of course taking risks, and yes, as we calculate benefits, we should as well calculate risks. It's not easy as I think of it, and it cannot be readily done overnight. Patience, I would say, counts, and of course coupled with perseverance and determination, everything we have been praying for will come to its proper place. Then we can slowly feel the celebration of life in every stroke of success we may gather along the way. For with all sincerity, life really has to be a big celebration even for the lowly beings.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Beautiful children's story and photo. I thought it was about faith and gratitude and loved the way the baby bee looked up to the sky and thanked the Lord before taking its first sip of nectar.

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      DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

      Happyboomernurse: Thanks for the generous comment. It really was nice to know that we take to heart the gratitude that each one should express in any little or big blessing received. That everything was so placed that gratitude be expressed simply through a prayer.

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      raakachi 5 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

      I think this story suits to all of us! telling us the way of life,we have to follow,i like your way of telling stories.I am also happy to follow you...thanks for sharing!

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      DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

      raakachi: Thanks for reading my story, and for learning something from it.Yes, you're very much correct, everything in life must really go ways but in harmony with what is good and proper. Thank you

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      Amanda 5 years ago from Texas

      very sweet. an awakening to a childs knowledge in story allows them to be part of the process. i can almost hear the buzzing and the hums of the baby bee as it flits around...

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      DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

      AMA TAINTED: I do agree with you that a child grows in a caring community parents should offer, and that the baby bee should confidently buzz around. Thank you very much.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Lovely! Sometimes a little patience helps - waiting a day can make all the difference. And a day spent with a friend in kindness - you can truly forget your problems. There is so much beauty going on here that we can all find something to appreciate.

      Thanks a million - and rated up of course.

      Nice to meet you too by the way - now I am a follower! Yay!

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      jami l. pereira 5 years ago

      I liked this little story of gratefulness and gratitude ,i also liked that you included the prayer of thanks to God ,before he sipped the nectar of the flower , very lovely , thanks for the read!:)

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      Sun Pen 50 5 years ago from Srilanka

      A good valuable lesson for children as well as adults. I'll share it with my grand sons. Thanks for sharing.up/beautiful

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      DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

      BkCreative: Thank you very much for finding meaning in this first attempt of mine at writing stories. True. Good friends really find their way to our hearts and problems will be as bubbles they drive in the air.

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      DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

      jami l. pereira: Gratitude should be everybody's song. If life exists without it, the human heart must not exist. Thank you very much.

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      DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

      Sun Pen 50: Thank you for sharing this story with your grand sons. There may be lessons in life that can only be unearthed from the experiences of the little creatures around us.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

      A very good springboard story to teach children moral values like gratitude. Nothing comes from nothing except when God wills it to be. Everything on earth is well-designed by God. It's up to us to appreciate and take good care of all the blessings we find in nature. If the baby bee can, why can't we humans? Nice share, DON!

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      DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

      Ma'am Lita: Thanks again Ma'am for reading this story. I can't imagine now how other people will respond to it after it comes to life with a story book now being readied for publishing. I am so excited because the illustrated book for elementary pupils is now ready for printing and can be any parent's christmas gift to the children. I'll soon upload an illustration of the front cover of the book. This is being prepared for the school children of Bicol, and hopefully, the copies will be out soon for use of the public schools. DepEd here in Bicol is coming out with books in both English and Bicol dialects which have been prepared by Bicolano teachers and illustrators. That's why, I really take pride in promoting this story and other stories written by teachers who labor to make teaching of reading and other macro skills through stories and literature a better experience for all the Bicolano school children. Hoping also, that same books will be shared with other regions in the country.

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