So, it’s the first post of the new year and my mind is hopping, doing a dance, happy to have a new year begin. But as an IWSG co-host this month, I don’t want to write about the new year, since that’s what everyone is doing, really, I mean, it’s a no brainer. We’re all excited about the new, fresh start, right?! Of course!
Still, I want to write about a new challenge in my life. I have a chance to choose a new path and I want to take it. I no longer make “New Year’s Resolutions” because last year I didn’t and that really worked for me. However, I do want to write more short stories for my blog, for my peace of mind, and for practice. So, I’m starting this year out with a new story for you. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Feel free to visit the other blogs participating and remember to thank my awesome co-hosts: Elizabeth Seckman, Chrys Fey, and Michelle Wallace!
Now, as the saying goes…Without Further Ado…
|No flight without a pre-flight check!|
THE NEW BEE
“Hey Wiser-bee, I’m excited about my first trip out. Are you ready yet?”
“New-bee, don’t be so pushy. We always have a pre-flight check before leaving the hive. Got it?”
“Right, sorry Wiser-bee. I forgot.”
“Which is why we have the check. You can’t forget anything. If you do, you might not make it back to the hive and that’s not only bad for you, but for the colony as well. We don’t ever want to do anything to disappoint the queen, our great mother.”
“Oh. I didn’t think of that.”
“Another reason for the pre-flight check. Okay, ready now?”
“I’ll start. You take over when you’re ready.”
Wiser-Bee said, “First, wings. Everything in working order?” He buzzed his wings in example.
New-bee buzzed his in response. “Working order.”
“Second, antennae?” Wiser-bee moved his up and down then left and right.
New-bee followed suit. “Antennae working fine. May I say the next one?”
“Of course, if you think you’re ready…?”
“Oh yes. I am. Third, fur on legs fluffed and ready for pollen load.” New-bee shifted his back legs and wiggled them to emphasis the fact that his leg fur was standing on end. Wiser-bee mimicked him while nodding with pride.
“Last, but not least,” New-bee said, “stomach full of honey for the trip out and back.”
Wiser-bee would have smiled if he’d been able to. Instead he patted New-bee on the head and said, “Lead on little New-bee. Pre-flight check impeccable and you’re now ready for your maiden voyage.”
|Wiser-Bee & New-Bee|
New-bee, now that he’d made it through the rough taking down he’d deserved for forgetting procedure, and then making it through his first pre-flight check with shining stars, now remembered protocol, and his manners. “Thank you, sir. Would you like to go first?”
Wiser-bee nodded and took off, leading the way out into the bright new world New-bee had yet to experience. New-bee didn’t know what the day would bring, but he hoped he came home with so much pollen that even the queen would sit up and take notice. But, he reminded himself, if he didn’t…well, it was, after all, his first run. Thankful to have Wiser-bee to guide him, New-bee buzzed his wings, lifted off and flew joyously into his new life.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!