Always been fascinated with bees (and bugs in general).
I'm finally getting to a point in my life that I think I can handle having a hive. I have a 3 year old that I'm raising to appreciate all living things and trying to keep her from getting indoctrinated with the fears most people have of insects, snakes and such.
We rescued a drowning bee out of my in-law's swimming pool the other day and while she was warming up and drying off I let her crawl on the baby and she was very calm and then said "ok, you can take it back now". Then it promptly flew away and we said "bye".
The other day she found a small roach and picked it up to play with it... my wife was kind of grossed out but I made her hide her reaction as it really isn't rational and sends the wrong message. She said "isn't he so cute!" LOL Innocents of a child!
I'm hoping that I will be able to share this experience with her and teach her how important bees are to our lives and how every creature needs to be treated with respect.