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Ouch….finally stung!

My apologies for not posting for some time; I got caught up in the beginning-of-the-school-year-teacher schedule!

I do have news….I finally received my first full-on honey bee stings and it hurt. I was rushing to get to school and was running late. My husband offered to help me by giving the ladies a jar of sugarsyrup.

When he returned from the hive, he stated, “Boy, your ladies are feisty this morning. There were so many of them buzzing me angrily so I just set the half-empty jar that I removed from the hive on the Adirondack chair in the yard, ok?”

“No, that is not ok!” I replied, with attitude my husband reflected. I explained to him that if you leave a jar of sugarsyrup, with a lid covered with small holes, near the hive it will attract honey-robbers (bees from other hives, hornets, bumblebees, etc.) Geez! So I marched right out, with attitude he reported once again, and grabbed the jar that was still covered with a handful of bees. I tucked my free hand behind my back and gave the jar a quick hard shake to dislodge the bees. A number of bees tumbled off, buzzing that I-am-really-really-angry buzz. Before I had the opportunity to give the jar another shake, I began to feel little jabs of pain on the arm that I tucked behind my back and another jab underneath my arm. They snuck around behind me to retaliate! I don’t think that I mentioned that when I marched out of the house I did not don a hat/veil or gloves. Perhaps marching out of the house, with attitude, prevented me from thinking clearly!

So what did I do? I did not go back to the house to get the appropriate accessories for safe beekeeping, no I did not. But rather, I left the stupid jar in the yard and went to work. Ok, so I do have to mention that as I drove to work I imagined that my face was feeling itchy and that I was having difficulty swallowing.

Quite dramatic. Of course, I was perfectly fine just making a big deal out of my first three bee stings.


3 thoughts on “Ouch….finally stung!

  1. Classic herd-predator species strategy. The bees that stung you must have watched Jurassic Part, where the velociraptors that get you are different that the the one you’ve been watching. Stay frosty.

  2. Well, is this is the equivalent of initiation or hazing or something? Very dramatic indeed. You seemed quite calm. The beginning of your post is such a classic leading up to disaster: “I was rushing to get to school and running late…”

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