I didn’t know what to make of this joke when a young fan of “Bea Wyett” who asked me the question? “What does a mental institution and social network have in common?
I was curious but didn’t have a clue. Mischief danced in her blue eyes and sweet little face as she watched me ponder what might the answer be?
Her mother was horrified she had the audacity to say the answer out aloud. I told her mom that was alright. I wasn’t easy shocked by things coming out of children’ mouths.
When I laughed I wasn’t making fun of anyone in a real, physical mental institution and neither was the child. I didn’t chasten her for it wasn’t my place and I saw no real menace in her face. To her it was simply a joke.
I understood it after she explained the joke. The child could relate to Bea’s school dilemma saying she encountered the same things.
I asked why did she and her friends called themselves “BEES”? They explained, “They aren’t mean and nasty girls like the girls picking on Bea but they know girls like the girls in the book. But if anyone mess with one of them then they sting like a bee.”
After talking to the group of 9, 10, 11 and a few 12 year olds I got a better understanding of what school is like nowadays.
I realized by these girls could relate so well to Bea Wyett’s situation that sometimes, we as adults and our covet oversensitiveness about every thing keeps children from explaining what’s going on with them. They may tell it in a joke but it’s our job as adults to see through what they maybe actually saying.
Below is the book that was being discussed at the time.