The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee

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Published on July 31, 2009

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A short story which contains all the silent "b" words in English. Educational and Fun

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! © RICHARD O’BRIEN April 2002

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! It all began one night at the dinner table. Mum, Dad, Susan and Clementine were sitting around the table finishing off a lamb curry made from the roast they had when Grandma last visited. The girls were as lively as ever, Susan busy with her homework and Clementine with her drawings. Mum and Dad both looked a bit tired after a hard day’s work; Mum had what was left of her half a glass of red wine and Dad had his usual pale ale as they helped themselves to the bowl of fresh fruit for dessert. Susan had some lists of words she was studying for a spelling bee the next day. “ Farm - Farmer”

It all began one night at the dinner table. Mum, Dad, Susan and

Clementine were sitting around the table finishing off a

lamb curry made from the roast they had when Grandma last

visited.

The girls were as lively as ever, Susan busy with her homework and Clementine with her drawings.

Mum and Dad both looked a bit tired after a hard day’s work; Mum had what was left of her half a glass of red wine and Dad had his usual pale ale as they helped themselves to the bowl of fresh fruit for dessert.

Susan had some lists of words she was studying for a spelling

bee the next day.

“ Farm - Farmer”

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! “ Teach - Teacher” Susan read aloud. Mum reached over to the bowl and took a plum. “ Plum”, she said pointing and smiling. “ Plumber” she gestured to Dad. Susan and Clementine looked at each other a bit confused, they both knew Dad was famous for his underfloors and pipes, but plums ? “ I’m only joking!” said Mum. “Dad goes plumbing with a silent b”. Clementine looked more confused, “Dad goes “pluming” with a silent bee”, she wondered ... “ Anyway, you girls may leave the table.” “And clean your teeth and climb into bed! "School tomorrow!” Clementine tossed and turned in her sleep; “Dad goes “pluming” with a silent bee”. ...

“ Teach - Teacher” Susan read aloud.

Mum reached over to the bowl and took a plum.

“ Plum”, she said pointing and smiling.

“ Plumber” she gestured to Dad.

Susan and Clementine looked at each other a bit confused,

they both knew Dad was famous for his underfloors and pipes,

but plums ?

“ I’m only joking!” said Mum. “Dad goes plumbing with a silent b”.

Clementine looked more confused, “Dad goes “pluming”

with a silent bee”, she wondered ...

“ Anyway, you girls may leave the table.” “And clean your

teeth and climb into bed!

"School tomorrow!”

Clementine tossed and turned in her sleep; “Dad goes “pluming” with a silent bee”. ...

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! ***************** Buzzzzzzzzzzz! Dad’s alarm went off well before the sun was up, it was dark and cold as Dad put on his work overalls.

*****************

Buzzzzzzzzzzz!

Dad’s alarm went off well before the sun was up,

it was dark and cold as Dad put on his work overalls.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! You could see the frost on his breath and his face was numb. .

You could see the frost on his breath and his face was numb.

.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! “ And don’t forget to comb your hair!” mumbled Mum as she rolled over.

“ And don’t forget to comb your hair!” mumbled Mum as

she rolled over.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! Dad grabbed his lunch, hopped in the kombi ute and drove down the freeway off to work. He drove through the tunnels, past the city, then, as the sun was climbing slowly over the hills, at an intersection in Woodville, Dad wound down the window to let in his workmate, Bertie the Silent Bee. “ Morning Bertie!” Dad greeted the bee. But Bertie said nothing, he just nodded and sat down with what appeared to be his lunch, on the seat next to Dad. Bertie proceeded to part his hair neatly, then put his honeycomb back in his top pocket.

Dad grabbed his lunch, hopped in the kombi ute and drove

down the freeway off to work.

He drove through the tunnels, past the city, then, as the sun

was climbing slowly over the hills, at an intersection in

Woodville, Dad wound down the window to let in his

workmate, Bertie the Silent Bee.

“ Morning Bertie!” Dad greeted the bee.

But Bertie said nothing, he just nodded and sat down with

what appeared to be his lunch, on the seat next to Dad.

Bertie proceeded to part his hair neatly, then put his

honeycomb back in his top pocket.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! "Chilly isn’t it Bertie!” said Dad. And Bertie just nodded again. “ Another working day”, sighed Dad, “Working from womb to omb” he said as he continued to drive to Port Adelaide. * Dad and Bertie arrived at the work-site with their gear and began digging the underfloor. Digging and digging and digging. The sun rose gradually and Dad and Bertie continued digging. "Phew, every limb in my body is aching” said Dad.

"Chilly isn’t it Bertie!” said Dad. And Bertie just nodded again.

“ Another working day”, sighed Dad, “Working from womb to

omb” he said as he continued to drive to Port Adelaide.

*

Dad and Bertie arrived at the work-site with their gear and

began digging the underfloor. Digging and digging and

digging.

The sun rose gradually and Dad and Bertie continued digging.

"Phew, every limb in my body is aching” said Dad.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! And Bertie just nodded. They laid the pipes ready for the concretors and were feeling very satisfied with their work when along came a man in a suit and thanked them: “ Great! That’s great” said the man. “I owe you a debt of gratitude.” “ No,” said Dad firmly, “you owe me eight hundred dollars!” “ Hmm ...y-yes...of course...of course, that too”, said the man, less enthusiastically. *

And Bertie just nodded.

They laid the pipes ready for the concretors and were feeling

very satisfied with their work when along came a man in a suit

and thanked them:

“ Great! That’s great” said the man. “I owe you a debt of

gratitude.”

“ No,” said Dad firmly, “you owe me eight hundred dollars!”

“ Hmm ...y-yes...of course...of course, that too”, said the

man, less enthusiastically.

*

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! No sooner had Dad and Bertie finished that job than they were going on to the next. They were tired, but there was work to be done and the sun was climbing higher and higher in the sky. But when they got to the next work-site, well, you should have seen it! Mess everywhere! Dad was most unimpressed! “ This place looks like a bomb hit it!” he said indignantly. And in a funny sort of way, he sounded just like Mum. The pair worked harder and harder and the sun climbed higher and higher. They were both tired and hungry and hadn’t yet had a break for lunch.

No sooner had Dad and Bertie finished that job than they were

going on to the next.

They were tired, but there was work to be done and the sun

was climbing higher and higher in the sky.

But when they got to the next work-site, well, you should

have seen it! Mess everywhere!

Dad was most unimpressed!

“ This place looks like a bomb hit it!” he said indignantly. And

in a funny sort of way, he sounded just like Mum.

The pair worked harder and harder and the sun climbed

higher and higher. They were both tired and hungry and

hadn’t yet had a break for lunch.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! Finally, Bertie the Silent Bee flew up to Dad’s ear and Dad heard Bertie’s empty stomach give a tremendous GROANNNNN! “ Oh, hungry are we?” asked Dad. “I suppose that was a subtle hint! Subtlety was never your strong point Bertie.” said Dad.

Finally, Bertie the Silent Bee flew up to Dad’s ear and Dad

heard Bertie’s empty stomach give a tremendous

GROANNNNN!

“ Oh, hungry are we?” asked Dad. “I suppose that was a

subtle hint! Subtlety was never your strong point Bertie.”

said Dad.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! The workmates made their way to the ute to get their lunches and were joking and carrying on as they made their way back to find somewhere to sit down for lunch. “ What have you got for lunch? asked Dad. “A ham sandwich?” It was actually. At least part thereof. A crumb for lunch had our Bertie. Dad continued joking as he fiddled with his lunch.

The workmates made their way to the ute to get their lunches

and were joking and carrying on as they made their way back

to find somewhere to sit down for lunch.

“ What have you got for lunch? asked Dad. “A ham sandwich?”

It was actually. At least part thereof. A crumb for lunch had

our Bertie. Dad continued joking as he fiddled with his lunch.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! “ I feel like Jack Horner....I put in my thumb and pulled out a plum.” said Dad. He wasn’t paying attention as he went to sit down - and sat - it was entirely accidental - right on top of his poor friend Bertie the Silent Bee! YEOWWW! yelled Dad. Bertie the Silent Bee had stung him - right on his -(…)um, I can’t say where! YEOWWW! YEOWWW! YEOWWW! yelled Dad.

“ I feel like Jack Horner....I put in my thumb and pulled out a

plum.” said Dad.

He wasn’t paying attention as he went to sit down - and sat -

it was entirely accidental - right on top of his poor friend Bertie

the Silent Bee!

YEOWWW! yelled Dad.

Bertie the Silent Bee had stung him - right on his -(…)um, I

can’t say where!

YEOWWW! YEOWWW! YEOWWW! yelled Dad.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! Bertie too was looking poorly, a little squashed and without his sting. Then, out of nowhere came the police! The younger policeman ran past Dad and grabbed Bertie the Silent Bee by the wings! “ Got Him! Here’s the culprit!” he yelled. “ Well, Well, who have we here then?” interrogated the older, fatter policeman. But Bertie did not answer.

Bertie too was looking poorly, a little squashed and without his

sting. Then, out of nowhere came the police! The younger

policeman ran past Dad and grabbed Bertie the Silent Bee by

the wings!

“ Got Him! Here’s the culprit!” he yelled.

“ Well, Well, who have we here then?” interrogated the older,

fatter policeman.

But Bertie did not answer.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! “ What? Playing dumb! That’s always a sign of guilt! Declared the policeman. “ No, no, no!” cried Dad. “His name’s Bertie - but it’s not his fault.....” “ Well-well-well, ‘Ertie, you’re under arrest!” You will be tried for ... in a court of law, where it shall be proven, beyond reasonable doubt, you ....” Dad was dumbstruck.

“ What? Playing dumb! That’s always a sign of guilt! Declared the policeman.

“ No, no, no!” cried Dad. “His name’s Bertie - but it’s not his fault.....”

“ Well-well-well, ‘Ertie, you’re under arrest!” You will be tried for ...

in a court of law, where it shall be proven, beyond

reasonable doubt, you ....”

Dad was dumbstruck.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! “ No, no, no!” cried Dad. “ No, no, Nooooo!” cried Clementine. “ Clementine. Wake up Clementine, you’re having a nightmare....” Mum and Dad were at Clementine’s bedside. Susan, amazingly enough, was still asleep. “ B-B-B- Bertie..” sobbed Clementine. “ It was just a dream, sweetheart” consoled Mum. “ Just a dream” reassured Dad.

“ No, no, no!” cried Dad.

“ No, no, Nooooo!” cried Clementine.

“ Clementine. Wake up Clementine, you’re having a

nightmare....” Mum and Dad were at Clementine’s bedside.

Susan, amazingly enough, was still asleep.

“ B-B-B- Bertie..” sobbed Clementine.

“ It was just a dream, sweetheart” consoled Mum.

“ Just a dream” reassured Dad.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! So Clementine drew a big breath in and collected her thoughts. She didn’t need to worry about Bertie the Silent Bee’s wrongful arrest...It was just a dream. Dad was already getting ready for work, plumbing with a silent b, and in a short while, after a bit more sleep, she’d getting ready for school.... Later, after a bit more sleep. And in the morning, maybe she’d tell Susan about the dream she just had, The Day Dad Went Plumbing with a Silent Bee.

So Clementine drew a big breath in and collected her

thoughts. She didn’t need to worry about Bertie the Silent

Bee’s wrongful arrest...It was just a dream. Dad was already

getting ready for work, plumbing with a silent b, and in a

short while, after a bit more sleep, she’d getting ready for

school.... Later, after a bit more sleep.

And in the morning, maybe she’d tell Susan about the dream

she just had, The Day Dad Went Plumbing with a Silent Bee.

The Day Dad Went Plumbing With A Silent Bee! © Copyright Richard O'Brien 27 April 2004 ALL SILENT BEE ILLUSTRATIONS (C) 2009 STEPHEN LANG: slang589@gmail.com A note to the story: This contains all the base words in English that are spelt with a silent b... it's a work which may help Childhood learners and people for whom English is a Second language ; Hope you enjoyed it http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_pronunciation Scroll down for some interesting links ... Other interesting stuff..(I lead a boring life I know) The Miranda Warning ..from Wikipedia http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_warning “ You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights? WWW.FRIDGERIDOO.COM [email_address] +61 438 074 081

© Copyright Richard O'Brien 27 April 2004

ALL SILENT BEE ILLUSTRATIONS (C) 2009 STEPHEN LANG: slang589@gmail.com

A note to the story: This contains all the base words in English that are spelt with a silent b... it's a work which may help Childhood learners and people for whom English is a Second language ; Hope you enjoyed it

http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_pronunciation Scroll down for some interesting links ...

Other interesting stuff..(I lead a boring life I know) The Miranda Warning ..from Wikipedia http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_warning

“ You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights?

WWW.FRIDGERIDOO.COM [email_address] +61 438 074 081

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