Sylva Fae

From Humble Beginnings – #1000Speak


#1000Speak Beginnings

1767_953870771364618_1709405794480003616_nIt barely feels like a year has passed since I joined the 1000 Voices for Compassion. I am proud to be one of the original 1000 bloggers involved in this movement. I thoroughly enjoyed contributing my posts A Starfish Story and A Mother’s Wish, and reading the many beautiful posts from bloggers around the world.

The 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion movement was born when blogger and author Yvonne Spence organized over 1000 bloggers to post about compassion in one epic event on February 20, 2015. Β The response was so great that it was decided to continue the #1000Speak project on a monthly basis, with a different topic each month. Whatever the topic, my social media has been flooded with stories of happiness, kindness, hope, caring and compassion.



Inspiration in unusual places

I was browsing round looking for inspiration for this year’s anniversary post and I came across an amazing video. It shows an injured wild dolphin approaching divers for help. The trust shown by a wild creature and the sensitivity of the diver who carefully snipped the tangle of fishing line from its mouth and fin, was uplifting to watch. I found the footage very moving, anyway, watch for yourself and I challenge you not to smile.

This story is amazing and it reminded me of a little rescue we did, not quite so spectacular or exotic but special nonetheless to my little girls. It was a cold wintery day and icy winds were blowing the plant pots round the garden. I went out to retrieve them with my daughter and as I picked one up, something rolled off onto my finger. I went to brush it off, expecting a spider but found instead a small bee. It looked dead, brown and shrivelled, yet I could feel its tiny feet clinging to my finger. I looked at it closely and it slowly looked up at me. I remembered an RSPB article I’d read about how to revive tired bees, my daughter and I decided we’d try to help this little one.

I held the bee and directed my daughter to mix a small amount of sugar and water in an egg cup. I dotted a drip of the sweet syrup onto my finger in front of the tired bee and immediately it started to feed. We watched, transfixed as the dishevelled creature, swelled and fluffed out it’s fur. The bee gained in strength, I could feel the grip on my finger grow tighter with every drop of sugar water it consumed. My daughter wanted to stroke it, she did so gently and the bee allowed her to. After a little while we placed it in a sheltered spot, shielded from the winds, and poured the rest of the sugar water into a leaf. Within an hour it flew off, around the hedge and into the safety of the ivy bush.


From humble beginnings

My own childhood was filled with such moments, our farmhouse became a refuge for a mad menagerie of injured and unwanted animals. We gained a reputation in the area and people would bring all sorts of creatures to be cared for. Our family grew to include a gaggle of geese, a random selection of hens and ducks, hedgehogs, rabbits, a pot-bellied pig, two naughty goats and my favourite, a crow (they each have their own story to tell). Caring for these creatures as a child has instilled in me a set of values I’ve carried through to adult life. I am now bringing up my children to care about the little things. So it was only a bee, not a majestic dolphin but our actions made a difference to that little bee. It was no great rescue but nevertheless it made me smile and my daughter was proud to have saved its life.

Learning about compassion starts with the small things, reviving a bee or moving a baby snail off the path so it doesn’t get trodden on. These little acts of kindness help to build up values in children that all life is precious. All lessons have to start somewhere and maybe, hopefully, my girls will grow up to be the type of adults who rescue dolphins and make a big difference in the world.





16 thoughts on “From Humble Beginnings – #1000Speak

  1. AvatarLisa Shambrook

    Caring for the smallest and most vulnerable is a sure lesson in compassion and true love… I recall doing the same with my kids for a stricken bee one frosty autumn day, and I love how they care for all the creatures they find x

    1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

      It’s a lovely thing to do, very rewarding and doesn’t take much. I was amazed by how quickly the bee changed in appearance after a good meal. My girls were so proud they’d saved its life. I know they’ll keep these values in later life.

  2. AvatarJames Milson

    A wonderful and amazing story. Even though it may not have made a difference to the world (and may well have!), it made a world of difference to that bee. Animals understand and are so much more than we have given them credit for. It is so important that children everywhere learn the lessons you are providing to your girls, because what children learn to care for and about when young they will care for and about when older.

    1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

      My little ones love finding minibeasts to look after. Speedy the baby snail had a five star snail hotel to live in by the time they’d finished.

    1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

      Glad you like it mum. Given the mad childhood, there are quite a few stories to be told. Goat kidnappings, pig in a midden, dogs in jail, rabbits terrorising the locals, a peacock visitor to name a few. I think Ceefer deserves his story to be told though. Watch this space!

  3. AvatarLisa @ The Meaning of Me

    Yes, the others have said it all – the big efforts are fine, but we must be able to see need and aid even the smallest of creatures. If we can do that – if we can perform even the smallest act of kindness or compassion – it will blossom from there.

  4. AvatarKimmie

    What a gorgeous post! *All creatures great and small*.

    Your is a wonderful story… and, I can’t help thinking what a great title ‘The Dolphin and the Bee’ would make for a children’s story book.

    I remember when my kids were little finding a bird, half dead, in their paddling pool one morning. We took the bird in (not an easy task for a Mummy who has a fear of flying birds). It was nursed, by the children and me for almost a week, and just as all seemed hopeless it rewarded the children one morning by flapping furiously around my bedroom… to squeals of delight from the kids… and near hysteria from The Mummy o_O

    Eventually it was shooed out of the window. We never left the paddling pool uncovered and full of water again after that.

    1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

      Thank you for your story Kimmie, I can imagine the squeals. ‘The Dolphin and the Bee’ – I like it. Maybe we should write it together.

  5. AvatarKerry

    I’ve been taught to show compassion to all living creatures too. What a truly priceless lesson to have learned for you and that you, in turn, modelled for your daughter.
    I never throught to rescue a bee like that, but I have always wanted to rescue dolphins, but couldn’t get over my fear of water.
    I love that video and your story. Thank you for making me smile today.

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