Words for Thought: Bee Yard Etiquette

by Rachel Baker on September 26, 2009

I’ve done a few Words for Thoughts about divisive concepts and today, I wanted to do one that didn’t have to do with war, post-traumatic stress or differences among us.  I wanted something that was a simple reminder of goodness.  I believed I’d find something in The Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  Lo, and behold, I was right – though I read just about the whole book.  Originally, I thought I’d find what I was looking for in the ending, so I read the last half of the book, but what I was really looking for actually was on page 92 – yes, I went back to the first half of the book.

“I hadn’t been out to the hives before, so to start off she gave me a lesson in what she called “bee yard etiquette.” She reminded me that the world was really one big bee yard, and the same rules worked fine in both places:  Don’t be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you.  Still, don’t be an idiot; wear long sleeves and long pants.  Don’t swat.  Don’t even think about swatting.  If you feel angry, whistle.  Anger agitates, while whistling melts a bee’s temper.  Act like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t.  Above all, send the bees love.  Every little things wants to be loved.”

…just something to think about.

P.S. The sign of a great story is when you can read the last half and then go back to the first half and enjoy the odd out of time-ness of the story just as much as when you read it from the first page to the last page.

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