The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee

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The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee

  1. 1. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! © RICHARD O’BRIEN April 2002
  2. 2. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><li>It all began one night at the dinner table. Mum, Dad, Susan and </li></ul><ul><li>Clementine were sitting around the table finishing off a </li></ul><ul><li>lamb curry made from the roast they had when Grandma last </li></ul><ul><li>visited. </li></ul><ul><li>The girls were as lively as ever, Susan busy with her homework and Clementine with her drawings. </li></ul><ul><li>Mum and Dad both looked a bit tired after a hard day’s work; Mum had what was left of her half a glass of red wine and Dad had his usual pale ale as they helped themselves to the bowl of fresh fruit for dessert. </li></ul><ul><li>Susan had some lists of words she was studying for a spelling </li></ul><ul><li>bee the next day. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Farm - Farmer” </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><li>“ Teach - Teacher” Susan read aloud. </li></ul><ul><li> Mum reached over to the bowl and took a plum. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Plum”, she said pointing and smiling. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Plumber” she gestured to Dad. </li></ul><ul><li>Susan and Clementine looked at each other a bit confused, </li></ul><ul><li>they both knew Dad was famous for his underfloors and pipes, </li></ul><ul><li>but plums ? </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m only joking!” said Mum. “Dad goes plumbing with a silent b”. </li></ul><ul><li>Clementine looked more confused, “Dad goes “pluming” </li></ul><ul><li> with a silent bee”, she wondered ... </li></ul><ul><li>“ Anyway, you girls may leave the table.” “And clean your </li></ul><ul><li>teeth and climb into bed! </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;School tomorrow!” </li></ul><ul><li>Clementine tossed and turned in her sleep; “Dad goes “pluming” with a silent bee”. ... </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><li>***************** </li></ul><ul><li>Buzzzzzzzzzzz! </li></ul><ul><li>Dad’s alarm went off well before the sun was up, </li></ul><ul><li>it was dark and cold as Dad put on his work overalls. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><li>You could see the frost on his breath and his face was numb. </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><li>“ And don’t forget to comb your hair!” mumbled Mum as </li></ul><ul><li>she rolled over. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>Dad grabbed his lunch, hopped in the kombi ute and drove </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>down the freeway off to work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He drove through the tunnels, past the city, then, as the sun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>was climbing slowly over the hills, at an intersection in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Woodville, Dad wound down the window to let in his </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>workmate, Bertie the Silent Bee. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Morning Bertie!” Dad greeted the bee. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But Bertie said nothing, he just nodded and sat down with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what appeared to be his lunch, on the seat next to Dad. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bertie proceeded to part his hair neatly, then put his </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>honeycomb back in his top pocket. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>&quot;Chilly isn’t it Bertie!” said Dad. And Bertie just nodded again. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Another working day”, sighed Dad, “Working from womb to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>omb” he said as he continued to drive to Port Adelaide. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dad and Bertie arrived at the work-site with their gear and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>began digging the underfloor. Digging and digging and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>digging. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The sun rose gradually and Dad and Bertie continued digging. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Phew, every limb in my body is aching” said Dad. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>And Bertie just nodded. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They laid the pipes ready for the concretors and were feeling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>very satisfied with their work when along came a man in a suit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and thanked them: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Great! That’s great” said the man. “I owe you a debt of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gratitude.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ No,” said Dad firmly, “you owe me eight hundred dollars!” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Hmm ...y-yes...of course...of course, that too”, said the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>man, less enthusiastically. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>No sooner had Dad and Bertie finished that job than they were </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>going on to the next. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They were tired, but there was work to be done and the sun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>was climbing higher and higher in the sky. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But when they got to the next work-site, well, you should </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>have seen it! Mess everywhere! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dad was most unimpressed! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ This place looks like a bomb hit it!” he said indignantly. And </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in a funny sort of way, he sounded just like Mum. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The pair worked harder and harder and the sun climbed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>higher and higher. They were both tired and hungry and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hadn’t yet had a break for lunch. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>Finally, Bertie the Silent Bee flew up to Dad’s ear and Dad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>heard Bertie’s empty stomach give a tremendous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GROANNNNN! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Oh, hungry are we?” asked Dad. “I suppose that was a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>subtle hint! Subtlety was never your strong point Bertie.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>said Dad. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>The workmates made their way to the ute to get their lunches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and were joking and carrying on as they made their way back </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to find somewhere to sit down for lunch. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What have you got for lunch? asked Dad. “A ham sandwich?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It was actually. At least part thereof. A crumb for lunch had </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>our Bertie. Dad continued joking as he fiddled with his lunch. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>“ I feel like Jack Horner....I put in my thumb and pulled out a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>plum.” said Dad. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He wasn’t paying attention as he went to sit down - and sat - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>it was entirely accidental - right on top of his poor friend Bertie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the Silent Bee! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YEOWWW! yelled Dad. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bertie the Silent Bee had stung him - right on his -(…)um, I </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can’t say where! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YEOWWW! YEOWWW! YEOWWW! yelled Dad. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>Bertie too was looking poorly, a little squashed and without his </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sting. Then, out of nowhere came the police! The younger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>policeman ran past Dad and grabbed Bertie the Silent Bee by </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the wings! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Got Him! Here’s the culprit!” he yelled. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Well, Well, who have we here then?” interrogated the older, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fatter policeman. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But Bertie did not answer. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>“ What? Playing dumb! That’s always a sign of guilt! Declared the policeman. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ No, no, no!” cried Dad. “His name’s Bertie - but it’s not his fault.....” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Well-well-well, ‘Ertie, you’re under arrest!” You will be tried for ... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in a court of law, where it shall be proven, beyond </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reasonable doubt, you ....” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dad was dumbstruck. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>“ No, no, no!” cried Dad. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ No, no, Nooooo!” cried Clementine. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Clementine. Wake up Clementine, you’re having a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>nightmare....” Mum and Dad were at Clementine’s bedside. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Susan, amazingly enough, was still asleep. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ B-B-B- Bertie..” sobbed Clementine. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It was just a dream, sweetheart” consoled Mum. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Just a dream” reassured Dad. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>So Clementine drew a big breath in and collected her </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>thoughts. She didn’t need to worry about Bertie the Silent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bee’s wrongful arrest...It was just a dream. Dad was already </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>getting ready for work, plumbing with a silent b, and in a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>short while, after a bit more sleep, she’d getting ready for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>school.... Later, after a bit more sleep. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And in the morning, maybe she’d tell Susan about the dream </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>she just had, The Day Dad Went Plumbing with a Silent Bee. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! <ul><ul><li>© Copyright Richard O'Brien 27 April 2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALL SILENT BEE ILLUSTRATIONS (C) 2009 STEPHEN LANG: slang589@gmail.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A note to the story: This contains all the base words in English that are spelt with a silent b... it's a work which may help Childhood learners and people for whom English is a Second language ; Hope you enjoyed it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_pronunciation Scroll down for some interesting links ... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other interesting stuff..(I lead a boring life I know) The Miranda Warning ..from Wikipedia http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_warning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WWW.FRIDGERIDOO.COM [email_address] +61 438 074 081 </li></ul></ul>

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