I was a bit unprepared before today and so I was scrambling this morning to get everything ready. The graduate student from the University of Oregon was coming to our daycare to observe me leading their literacy program that we volunteered for.
She was coming twice today, once in the morning for circle time and then again after lunch for small group activities. If you missed the first post, it was a super short daily-prompt post this morning, you can read it here.
As much as I thought I had prepped for the afternoon small group activity nothing would have prepared me for what happened at 1:30pm in our carport.
I was in the middle of a discussion with 5 of our preschoolers talking about what we can do to change our feelings when things aren’t going our way. We can take deep breaths, talk to someone about our feelings or try a calming activity that makes us feel better. It was the beginning of a great discussion..
As I was leading the conversation I heard this rumbing sound from off in the distance. I thought maybe it was a weed wacker or lawn mower several houses away, and something caught my eye and it caused me to glance up. 🐝
Instantly, my heart was racing, as I saw thousands(literally) of bees swarming towards my house. I shit you not! I looked to the back of our house and to the front and literally all I could see was BEES and more BEES coming!!!! As they came into the carport I yelled, In the house, right now everyone! And I literally grabbed everyone and rushed them up the stairs to our home.
Somehow we all managed to get inside without anyone being stung. It was probably a funny thing to witness looking back, me panicking and grabbing all the kids as fast as I could. But at the time, it was quite terrifying. Had the swarm headed straight into our carport instead of past our house we could have all been stung hundreds of times.
So, that officially ended our observation. lol The girl from the U of O happened to be allergic to bees so she was quite shaken up as well.
We stopped our small group activity, skipped afternoon recess and decided to watch The Bee Movie instead. 🐝
After a few minutes we were able to see the bees head back to a hive that appears to be across the street from us. We put a call in to a beekeeper, who will hopefully be here soon.
Me being the nerdy girl I am, Ive asked if we can observe him removing the hive and if possible if we can keep the hive once he is done with it. Crossing my fingers!
That’s my excitement for daycare today, thanks for reading. I have never looked forward to a margarita after work more than today!