The wisdom of children – Kalebra Kelby
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The wisdom of children

May 20, 2016

There is a playground — a glorious giggled filled, dust filled, leaf filled, jumps and leaps filled playground and all the children love it! And all the children hate the bees that make their nests in a few of the tables, fences and trees there. Well, not just bees but wasps. Yes, the dreaded wasp! Now, there aren’t enough of them to keep you from having fun, just enough to keep you cautious. Unless you’re my Yittle’s friend…

Yittle’s friend’s mother: “It’s okay Sweetie, the bees won’t bother you, just stay away from them and they’ll stay away from you. Go play. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun and getting to play with Yittle do you?”

Yittle’s friend: Anxious and teary eyed looks to my Yittle and says, “I’m sorry Yittle but I can’t go onto the playground with you — I’m afraid of those bees! I’ll just wait here.”

I watched as Yittle tried to work out in her head what to do, looking from her friend to the playground and not saying a word.

Yittle’s friend’s mother (trying again): “Go on Sweetie, you’ll have fun!” (Insert big, hopeful, mommy smile here).

Yittle’s friend: Now not just teary eyed but trying to hide that her tears were falling.

Yittle: Stands quietly beside her friend another minute or so and then simply says, “I’ll hold your hand…”

It seemed like a lifetime of silence but then, miraculously, the little girl took Yittle’s hand and went onto the playground with her.

Yittle did not promise her friend that the bees were gone, or that they wouldn’t sting her and, in fact, she didn’t even promise they’d have fun but what she had offered her friend was much more than any of those promises, because her simple offer came with the promise of…I’m willing to do this with you — bees or not, stings or not, fun or not, scared or not…“I’ll hold your hand.”

Kids. 🙂

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  • Reply Kathy Porupski May 20, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Such wisdom from the mouth of babe’s… 🙂

    • Reply Kalebra May 20, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      There certainly is a lot to learn from them. 😉

  • Reply SUSAN HAGEANON May 20, 2016 at 11:56 am

    She never fails to amaze and delight.

    • Reply Kalebra May 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      I certainly feel that way Miss Susan and may I also say it is so very nice to hear from you. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Reply Gordon May 20, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Love it. Thanks

    • Reply Kalebra May 20, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      Sincerely my pleasure — thank you for reading it.

  • Reply John Swarce May 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Kalebra, I just saw Scott’s post about this on Facebook and had to read it right away.

    So, as I’m reading this, I have a smile on my face and a tear in my eye. Yittle is such a treasure, in words and deeds (and your story telling skills certainly help!). Thanks so much for re-telling this story to us! Have an awesome weekend!


    P.S. Now that I think of it, why don’t you have a Facebook presence?

    • Reply Kalebra May 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you John, you’re always so kind. And, I wish I had a great answer but I don’t, except that I’m not sure I would have the bandwidth to maintain a FB presence and to be honest, a lot of the time I think about closing everything and just hanging out here. I like quiet intimate spaces. 😉

  • Reply Piotr Kulczycki May 24, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Thanks for sharing your story! It’s really great! Cheers!

    • Reply Kalebra June 6, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you Piotr — I learn something from my children almost every day. Also, I apologize that your comments have been hung up in spam but I believe they’ve all been taken care of now. Thank you for your patience.

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