I’ve blogged about grandfather, his relationship with bees, and honey in the past – it won’t be long now before grandfather’s bees make their appearance as winter heads toward Spring.
Anticipation is running high and last years cache running low, a matter of concern as grandfather along with the rest of us have what we jokingly refer to as a certain “snobbery” when it comes to honey – we want to know exactly where it comes from and one might even say be on speaking terms with those who produce it.
I say grandfather’s bees with affection as he is the one who knows their songs and leaves a small bowl of honey for them as an offering and expression of gratitude.
There’s a story related to that I’ve recounted in a previous blog, in time grandfather will select an apprentice from among his grandchildren to present to his friends the bees, if found acceptable he will teach the candidate the songs he learned long ago and a friendship based on understanding and mutual respect will continue in a generational manner.
Grandfather says these songs are universal in nature, it doesn’t matter where a person may be if their heart is right, they are of good spirit, or the language spoken, that the bees will understand and respond – that such songs exist throughout our nations and their many tongues.
Some no doubt would think this a quaint notion, maybe something to smile about and wish it were so, if such were said to grandfather he would probaby smile let it go at that knowing that the truth of the songs trumps other considerations.
I remember as a child being fascinated by bees, the role they played in the natural world and the huge benefits derived from their efforts.
I remember the many related stories, stories handed down from one generation to the next and thinking that bees must be the most perfect of creations , my opinion hasn’t changed, and now that I am no longer a child I think it a privilege and a honor to pay homage in the retelling of these stories to little ones about one of humanities best and most selfess friends.