Wednesday, March 15, 2017
I Love Bees . . .
They’ve always been my passion, ever since I was a young girl. I’m quite old now and in the generation in which I grew up, and the social position of our family, I might not have been allowed to study at the university. My father was very strict. Well, in his defense, he was born in the 1800’s and didn’t see the benefit of a young woman being educated.
I fought and fought and fought some more to be allowed to go to school. And finally, Father gave in. I guess I just wore him down. I majored in science, but specialized in apiology and mellitology. Bet you don’t know what that is, do you? Well, apiology’s rather obvious -- it’s the study of bees and mellitology is the study of honey bees.
I’ve tried to explain it to my sister, but she’s very cantankerous and stubborn. She doesn’t want to understand how important the bees are. They are amazing creatures. Here, you can see how they pull together to protect the colony.
Even Albert Einstein, who’s much smarter than I and my sister put together, acknowledged their importance. He said the human race wouldn’t last very long at all without the bees. And for many years now, they’ve been in danger! Terrible danger! From pollutants and pesticides and humans too.
I want to keep my own bees in our garden, but my sister has pitched a fit and won’t allow it. . It’s so unfair. That’s why I just might run away from my lovely home on Telegraph Hill and join Reverend Roy’s followers at his retirement compound. They’ve promised to let me take care of the bees. It’s terrible that I have to leave my home to be able to do a simple thing. My hives wouldn’t take up very much room and they could feed on the lavender in the garden. We’d have wonderful lavender honey to eat.
So that’s my dilemma and I think I’m doing the right thing by running away from home. What do you think?
You can read all about my adventures in the first book in the Zodiac Mysteries, The Madness of Mercury. And you can visit my author, Connie di Marco at her website, at Facebook and Twitter @askzodia.