The Birds and the Bees

The Psych Owl Ogist suggested that one of his wise owl friends could act as a mentor and provide some enrichment opportunities for the Tweetlets.
She would visit the Tweetlets and discuss topics, such as classic literature, not usually taught in regular FLOCK Ed classes.

During the evening after her first visit, when Retweet was reading Tweetelle her bedtime story, Tweetelle asked “What does To Woo mean?”

“Oh dear!” thought Retweet “Here we go with the Birds and the Bees talk!”

She went quite pink in the face and took a deep breath.

“Well,” she said “You know how there are so many lovely flowers and everyone wants more lovely flowers and the bees fly around them… and … well … you have to understand about the structure of flowers and how the petals are brightly coloured to attract bees… and about how bees collect pollen to help with making honey and…”

Tweetelle looked completely mystified. “No, I don’t think it was about bees and flowers”

“What do you think it was about?” asked Retweet, stalling for time and hoping to gauge what Tweetelle already understood.

“Well” said Tweetelle. ”It was something the tutor said. I asked Intellectual Dabrowski about it and he said she was citing the new poem, O my love, written by the Poet Lorikeet.

What she actually said was

‘To woo
 To woo

…to wit… To woo’

Intellectual said ‘to wit’ means ‘that is to say’ and shows that she was quoting”

Retweet breathed a sigh of relief and made a mental note to herself to have a sneak peek at advice from Dr Michele Borba on the topic of how to give The Birds and the Bees Talk at


2 thoughts on “The Birds and the Bees

  1. Phew! That was a close call for Retweet. How fortunate for all involved that Intellectual is so well-versed in classic literature and poetry. She will have to remember that asynchronous development isn’t always in one direction. Tweetelle may not be as concerned as some of her intellectual, but older peers are about the birds and the bees for some time yet.

    • So true! Many of Tweetelle’s age peers and her ‘intellectual but older than her peers’ will be interested in the birds and the bees before she is. They will probably major in Preening too but choose unconventional styles like the powderpuff fluff and the mohawk to horrify their elders!

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