Tuffenbee woke early. It was crownberry day – she would need the extra time.
Every six weeks, Tuffenbee needed to get the berries on her head refreshed in a long process.
That’s how it was in Beepaland. For as long as anyone could remember, every egg-laying Beepa kept 15 crownberries on her head at all time.
The berries had to be fresh.
The berries had to be placed just so.
The berries had to be in perfect condition.
Every six weeks, Tuffenbee woke early to get to the salon. The salon was where the Pincerpaws replaced crownberries.
Beepas didn’t have hands like the Pincerpaws. Beepas paid the Pincerpaws to replace their crownberries. It cost nearly two hundred dollars for fifteen berries!
Can you imagine?
Tuffenbee was trying to save her money for a vacation at the beach. She was saving four hundred dollars for a vacation just by herself.
Every six weeks, Tuffenbee walked to the berry salon. She put the five dollars she would have spent on the bus in a jar. She couldn’t wait to save enough money for that vacation.
When she got to the salon, Tuffenbee paid $200 to the Pincerpaws, sat down on the log and prepared for several hours of boredom.
It’s not that replacing her crownberries hurt, it was just boring. Tuffenbee had a lot of things she’d rather be doing.
Tuffenbee just wanted to put her feet up and relax for the night. Being an egg-laying Beepa meant that sometimes, you needed some extra rest.
Six weeks later Tuffenbee woke early.
Tuffenbee put the five dollars she would have spent on the bus in a jar.
Tuffenbee walked to the berry salon.
After rounding her first corner, Tuffenbee came face to face with a group of Beepas. These were the kind of Beepas that didn’t have to get crownberries replaced every six weeks. These were the kind of Beepas that didn’t lay eggs every month.
This group of Beepas yelled at Tuffenbee,
“HEY YOU, YOU! YOU SHOULD SMILE YOU KNOW,
YOU WOULD LOOK EVEN BETTER IF YOU SMILED!
Before Tuffenbee knew what she was doing, she yelled back at the Beepas, “HEY YOU! YOU SHOULD STOP YELLING AT ME TO SMILE! MAYBE I DON’T WANT TO SMILE”
Tuffenbee felt so confused and scared, she ran for several blocks before she could sit down and take many big breaths to calm herself.
By the time she’d slowed her heart, she realized she’d missed her appointment.
In that moment she said to herself,
“Just wait a minute! Just because I lay the eggs doesn’t mean I have to get crownberries on my head. Who cares if my berries look like everyone else’s? I’m going to let them fall out on their own and see what happens. “
Tuffenbee went home, put her two-hundred dollars in a jar and felt happier than she had in years.
Yes, it’s true, over the next six weeks, the berries rotted and fell off her head. Tuffenbee worked hard to keep her head clean and berry-free.
Six weeks later, she put another two hundred dollars in a jar.
She laid her egg, put her feet up for the night and planned her vacation at the beach for next month.