I feel it is a special privilege to call myself a beekeeper. What I like best about beekeeping is that every time I open my hives, I feel that I am allowed special entrance into an almost magical world. To pull out a frame and see the honeybees hard at work transforming nectar into honey, managing their sophisticated world, communicating and working for the benefit of all is a humbling experience. How often are we really allowed to see such intimate activities of other species? I see myself as just another part of nature and hope that my intrusion into the honeybee’s world will assist them in their struggle for survival.
In the past, people have always felt a sense of wonder in Mother Nature. In our modern world, that wonder has been replaced by a fascination for technology. Who has time to stop and smell the roses between answering emails and text messages, playing video games, watching TV and fiddling with all of our other gadgets? But pop open a beehive and you enter a different world – a smoothly-running society governed by order and thought, a society where each individual can perform whatever tasks are necessary, a society guided by the rhythms of nature. Witnessing this allows me to slow down and feel the peace these rhythms induce.
The life of the honeybee will never cease to amaze me. Every new fact I learn only reinforces the respect and wonder I have for these little creatures. By sharing my love for beekeeping with others, especially children, I also hope to reawaken in them that sense of wonder for Mother Nature and her creator.