That is so impressive. Facing ones fear on a regular basis is one of the most effective ways of overcoming it. :)
Thanks - that's what I'm hoping!
It'll fade. You'll totally get used to it! And it'll help a lot once summer really hits, and you see how much calmer they are in beautiful weather during the middle of a nectar flow.
Thanks! I want to document all of this so when it's easier I can remember and appreciate.
very true, those are my favorite times to be working in a hive
I am happy for all the bee encouragement I can get!!
I got pushed into a hive of bees (I mentioned I live in California, right?) - hollow tree, on the walk home from 7th grade - so I got stung rather well once. Having long hair did not help in the least.
I still wanna know if they were as warm and fuzzy as everyone says. ^^
That would definitely be a bitch. Not likely to make one a beekeeper. [shudder]
You were very brave! I would have gone off shrieking like a 60's cartoon.
Wow. You're amazing and brave. *They* say the bees can sense when you are agitated, I dunno if it's true. But Wow. Really. Wow.
They certainly can see sudden, jerky movements and don't like them. So calm and slow is the ticket.
I promise never to open the hive while you are here visiting.
And all I can think is that if we don't get to visit the bees when we are around, we shall be sorely put out.
But we're a little strange.
Of course you may visit the bees!
It's weird researching your fears. The experts may allay one's concerns somewhat, but that doesn't help the warning sirens of "BEE! STING! BEE! STING!" that go off in our heads.
Kudos to you, Mrs. Ferrett, for facing your fears!
Thanks! I'm hopeful that my calm will improve.
For some reason, in all my beehive envy of others, it never permeated my brain that fear of bees + bees = a problem. I'm glad you shared because now should I ever get bees I'll remember ahead of time that it may not be smooth sailing!
It's not awful, but it's good to be aware that you will have to handle your reactions. I want to be casually brave, but that's going to take a while.
I hope that writing about our bee adventures won't bore people!
2011-05-04 02:38 am (UTC)
Re: The Secret Life Of
...apparently "sending them love" helps :)
2011-05-04 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Well, then they should be happy lil' buggers. ;-)
Many kudos! That is awesome!
It looks like we might get sunshine tomorrow!
And, I'll be picking your brain about this at some point. I'm now living somewhere where having a backyard hive is really feasible, and I *want* one.
My best initial advice is to find your local beekeeper club and start attending meetings. You're too late to start this season, but it will give you some background and familiarity.
Eep! You're way braver than I am. :)
I'm working on the bravery!!
2011-05-04 08:06 pm (UTC)
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear." -Mark Twain
Seems to me like you're being pretty brave. And no, the bee stories are not boring.
I really have no problem now being out there while they are flying around, so that's already an improvement! And I'm glad to stories aren't boring.
oh wow...I never would've guessed you were afraid of bees if you agreed to be beekeeper. Hooray for facing down fear!
Getting ready to go out there and get into the hive again. Because you're only supposed to do this every couple weeks, it's hard to build up much experience, so every time I have to psych myself up.