Review: The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups

Erika Kristakis recognizes the mystery and marvel of young children, and her passion about providing them the best early childhood education experience possible is palpable. Certainly, it is one of the best parts of her book, “The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grown-ups.

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Making the Bees at Home in My Backyard

A hundred happy little bees, 
nesting, resting, in their cells.
A hundred thousand eggs to hatch,
and fly into a flower's bell.
A hundred million insect kisses
like a wish on wings that flit:
A single earth to spend our lives, so
Leave it better than we found it.

There I was, walking out of Lowes, looking forward to being done shopping, when a bright shock of yellow caught my eye. It was a painted bee home, a wooden construct divided into two parts–the top with hollow tubes and the bottom with holes drilled into wedges of wood.

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First of February, 2021

stand outside with a hot mug of cocoa—spiked— 
snowflakes mixing like impromptu marshmallows
—there on the surface of your cup and then gone
as quickly as this moment—you blinking, beside
your bundled husband, your blanketed son—
it is a gray day. you breath—you are grateful.

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash