In spite of their current lack of bees, Luna and Lance are very clear about their continued affiliation with the brotherhood of beekeepers. Recently, one of their friends from school was freaking out over a "bee" flying nearby. Luna told her "That's a wasp. It's not a bee. We know. We're beekeepers." I'm very happy that they still use the title of "beekeeper" as part of their identity.
I have two other grandchildren who are actively keeping bees. I started Chloe and Autumn with bee hives this past spring. I wasn't able to get down to visit them often enough to be a very good mentor. I don't know whether their bees will make it through the winter. If they don't, I will have to shoulder a good portion of the blame for being such an absentee mentor. Their major accomplishment this year as beginning beekeepers was to become very comfortable with the bees. I realized just how comfortable they had become when I received a photo attached to a text message that showed Autumn ready to work her beehive while wearing capris and slippers. Amazingly, in spite of a fair amount of exposed skin when working their bees, neither Autumn or Chloe was stung this year.
|Autumn Kang, ready to open a bee hive.|