Running down to our two beehives in between classes to install the last of Jossua’s misshapen frames, I attracted a few curious boys who followed me all the way to our hives before I told them they needed a mask if they wanted to come any closer. At first they were headed for the duck pond, but the sight of my green bee suit drew them away pretty easily. Leave it to the bee suit to finally serve as my introductory opportunity with the secondary kids. Most of them are too cool to approach las gringuitas who usually have tiny children clinging to them. Nevertheless, the mix of sweet temptation and potential danger proved enough to win these boys over. Testing their seventh grade bravado, I asked if they wanted to help me feed the bees next week and I got a few enthusiastic replies.

October 18, 2013