Thursday, December 22, 2011

When Bees Attack

Last year, my friend Nicole and I came up with the genius idea of taking each others family Chirstmas photos. We got all dressed up and went to the train park in Poway. Our pictures turned out amazing. This year we decided to do the same. I suggested Mission Trails. It didn't go so well.

It all started innocently enough—Andrew in an itchy sweater, Amelia in something frilly, and Jake in blue to highlight his eyes. The three of them suffered through a round of fake smiles and awkward poses in an effort to take the perfect family photo. In the end we rewarded them by allowing them to climb under a bridge in Mission Trails to run wild through the tall grass. Things ended badly.

Within minutes we heard a shriek. Andrew and Amelia emerged from under the bridge followed by a swarm of irate bees. Andrew had stepped on a hive. I have never seen him in such a state of terror. As Andrew and Amelia sprinted towards us, I could see bees ping-ponging off their heads.

The bees chased Andrew all the way across the bridge, down the trail, and to our truck. It was kind of like being in a really intense Indiana Jones scene. It was surreal. There we were, in a beautiful setting all dressed up and being attacked by insects. I feel like if we had a recorded the events it would have been YouTube gold.

Afterward, Aaron and I spent a good thirty minutes picking stingers out of Andrew’s chin, neck, back, and scalp. He had dozens of bee stings. It took a couple of hours for him to relax because he was so shaken up. After some Motrin and Benadryl he was fine. Somehow Amelia and Jake escaped without a single sting.

In the end Andrew has a really awesome cautionary tale to one day share with his own children. I have a feeling that next year, the mere mention of family photos will send him into a panic attack!

Last year (way better)
This year

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