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Most people probably know today’s song as “I’m Bringing Home A Baby Bumblebee” but the song’s actual name is “The Arkansas Traveler.” It was the Arkansas state song from 1949 to 1963 and it was composed by Col. Sanford C. Faulkner back in the 1800s. The official lyrics were written by committee 1949. The song was also frequently used in cartoons from the 30’s and 40’s. This video is a beautiful interpretation by Grammy Award winning guitarist Chet Atkins.

I spent about 97.23% of my childhood outside but I didn’t get my first bee sting until I was an adult. I was on a date. There was cleavage and perfume. I’m no Jane Russell  but I have never felt the need to embellish the goods I was given either. I guess when you’re a bee though, the term “false advertising” has a totally different meaning. This particular bee expressed his distaste at my “deception” in a very rude way! Here’s a fun fact that I learned that day, a paste of meat tenderizer and water will take the sting right out of the er… sting. I also learned if you get stung in the right place and in the right company, you get a willing, nay, eager assistant in your time of distress. Who says first aid can’t be fun?

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