If you have not watched the Bee movie or any commercials that show the importance of Bees, let us enlighten you. I know every time a Bee comes buzzing around, our natural instincts kick-in and we run away or swat. But, what if the next time you encounter a Bee you remember all of the positive things they do for humanity and simply guide them out of your space.
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Many… many…. moons ago (five years to be exact!) Matthew made the most EPIC speech known to humankind (or maybe just our families!!) on our wedding day. It was about Bees… Yes, you read that correctly, Bees. Interestingly enough the entire speech made complete sense. We are all interconnected and living somehow because of Bees. Everyone was able to be apart of our special day, because of the existence and hard work of Bees.
Let’s get philosophical for a moment! We live our lives enjoying special milestones and moments, however, we are never fully able to comprehend the vast complexity of this world. Everything we see, and every thing we touch affects us in some way or another. This is how we are interconnected in a nutshell.
Around the time of our wedding, Matthew started to learn these facts hands on. He had the privilege of working for an organization that served adults with special needs and which helped to facilitate a farm project. As part of the project, Matthew had to attend beekeeping training where he learned about beehive maintenance. Matthew helped to maintain the beehives for approximately a year and a half. After a period of time he become familiar with the bees and started to see how hard they work to pollinate plants and trees. However, the spring before our wedding Matthew began to notice a sudden decline in activity from the bees, the reason was not apparent at first.
Matthew and his coworker decided to open up the hives and to their surprise, all of the bees had died. Things were just not adding up at this point, prior to this discovery the bees were seen flying around the farm and neighbouring cornfield. Later on, Matthew’s Executive director revealed what happened to the bees. According to other beekeepers, the bees were dying off in large numbers due to a nicotine-based pesticide, which was sprayed on corn. Everything started to make sense; cornfields surrounded the farm. As a result, the hard working bees were gone because of pesticides.
Honoring the Bees
In Matthews mind, the bees were not going to die in vain! As wedding party favours, little jars of honey produced by some of the farm project Bees were given as a gift.
The famous wedding speech touched on several topics. And I am sure some of my family members were like “what in the world is going on right now??” However, some important lessons were being delivered for those who were in tune. He touched on one thought that stood out to me “if bees die, then we die”. This was NOT what everyone expected to hear at a wedding hahaha but, it is was words everyone needed to be aware of and hopefully some thought was given to these wise words.
Currently, we are starting to see cities like Toronto become more bee friendly. Meaning… Beehives are now being placed on top of buildings across the city. This is to help maintain a healthy and large bee population. With this point being made, please remember that Bees help us to pollinate flowers and crops. When Bees pollinate these things, we are provided with all the delicious food we eat. So, they play a crucial role in our humanity.
Here is my final PSA… If you remember anything from this post, this should be the main takeaway! If you have a fear of getting stung by a bee, please remember that BEES ARE CALM, WHEN WE ARE CALM!!! When you treat them well, they will repay us in more ways than we could ever return. So, let’s just mind our own beeswax and chill.