By Kerri R.
A mix of gold and pink colors cast a sepia glow over the forest as the sun begins to rise and the songbirds begin to sing…
Alice steps out of the forest into a massive field of tall grasses and wildflowers. She stretches her arms out and tilts her head back as the wind blows. Is this how it feels to fly? Alice found comfort and shelter in the dark forest where she had expected to feel fear. The wolves taught her to let go of the beliefs that kept her afraid. Now it feels freeing to be out in the open. To spread her “wings”. It is a new day.
“And the songbirds keep singing
Like they know the score”
Alice marvels at the field of flowers alive and thriving without anyone there to care for them (or so she thinks) when she couldn’t keep a single potted plant growing!
`O Tiger-lily,’ said Alice, addressing herself to one that was waving gracefully about in the wind, `I WISH you could talk!’Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 2
A sweet fragrance fills the air. Alice is drawn to the honeysuckles. A fuzzy bumblebee covered in pollen peaks out at her from the bloom. Oh! Looking around Alice notices once again that she is not alone. There was so much life waking up around her. Hummingbirds and bees are minding their morning business darting from flower to flower and tree to tree; From aster flowers in yellow, white and pinks, purples and blues to goldenrods and the autumn serviceberry tree. Alice sees that they are the groundskeepers in collaboration with the sun and rain. The wild is well cared for. If only humans could act naturally rather than trying so hard to outsmart the natural instincts of the universe.
Alice’s hair brushes the flowers as she bends to breathe in their perfume. A rare bee, the Rusty-Patched Bee (the first bee species in the continental US listed as endangered) mistakes Alice for a flower. The beautiful bee lands on Alice’s shoulder to collect the pollen in her basket before moving to the next flower and then brings her treasures back to her community.
Some bees make honey, some bees don’t. Some bees are social and some bees are solitary. Each one has his or her own purpose and value. Society may find value in the bee that directly impacts the economy (by pollinating plants that produce food that can be sold…like your morning coffee) and overlook the bee that indirectly benefits us by helping balance the ecosystem (by pollinating plants that keep our air and soil healthy and feed other wildlife that benefits us in other ways). The message of the bee is to recognize our value outside of the limited beliefs we have been taught.
Alice grows hungry and searches for something safe to eat when she meets a Queen Bee resting after building a nest. Alice wonders how to make a change if everyone is stuck in their beliefs.
‘There’s no use trying,’ she said; ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 5
‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’
Alice munches on some blueberries she found that the bees had cultivated. And she begins to believe anything is possible.
Alice meets an old friend in a new environment in the next post, Horse Power.
Kerri is an advocate for the introverted activist. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others. She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.