Non-Fiction

In the Manner of Bees

Originally written for and posted at Our Jackson Home

Summertime means that bees are out and about pollinating our crops and private gardens and the untamed lots where wildflowers grow. They work hard to collect pollen and nectar, they communicate by dance, and they feed from the honey stored in their delicately crafted honeycomb.  As they go about this routine, they can provoke a variety of reactions from people. When some people see bees, their shoulders tense up and they shoo them away, and if they’ve seen My Girl too many times they might even burst into an exaggerated panic. Others may not mind bees so much and let them go about their very busy business without considerable attention. And then there are also those who not only don’t mind bees but welcome their presence and choose to keep them around.

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