I got an email from Mister Man’s teacher early this afternoon. There had been an incident. Thankfully not that kind of an incident, but she still wanted to let me know (and thankfully, I checked my email today as most days I don’t check my email until after the wee ones have gone to bed.
Mister Man was stung by a bee. Multiple times. We were pretty sure he wasn’t allergic, as he was stung once two years ago and was fine. But still, he was stung four times (three times on his head, once on his arm) and was pretty freaked out. They took him to the nurse who applied an anti-bee sting patch, and they were keeping a close eye on him.
I responded that I was glad to know they were keeping an eye on him, but that he should be fine.
Then I got this email back from the teacher an hour later:
Subject: Possible Bee In Sleeve of Jacket
Coach L said that there could still be a bee or two in Mister Man’s jacket.
It is in his backpack in a plastic bag tied at the top.
Please be careful when opening it.
He is doing fine.
Uhhh, whoah. Bee in his sleeve? In his jacket? Now, I’m worried.
In talking to the teacher assistant when I picked up Mister Man, ten children were stung today and several were stung yesterday. Apparently they’ve found some nests in the ground. The custodians were being (beeing, ha ha, get it?) sent out to see if they could find and uhhh eliminate them. Until then, recess is now inside.
I was told that these bees were swarming on children. Flying into coats, covering them, crawling everywhere. Teachers and recess monitors were removing kids clothes and rushing everyone else inside. I think I’m glad I didn’t know this earlier in the day.
Fortunately, Mister Man doesn’t seem to be too bothered by this and is fine going back to school tomorrow. His proudest moment is that he got the “bee prize” of a hug from the principal.
When I got home from Back to School Night, my husband had still not unpacked the backpack (chicken). I opened it up and took out his lunch box and his snack box. And… this:
Ok, so that’s a little freaky.
The bag is now in my freezer. I’ll take it out tomorrow morning, and I figure any bees still in the jacket then will be ummm of no danger.
PS Just another reminder that I’m giving away a Connect 4×4 on my review site that ends Sunday 10/3.