This whole “Mentor” thing…

It feels like arrogance – and when I get my enthusiasm going it likely comes across that way. OK – yea, I’ve a bit of a thing for bees. I’m not shy about it and when folks ask questions I tend to answer, best I can. It does seem a struggle to not come across as a ‘know it all’ or some such. And there’s a LOT I don’t know! Even the basics – well, I know what’s worked for me, what I’ve read and heard about – what makes sense in all that context. Figure at the least I can save folks some time re-doing all that themselves. Hope so!

One of the neatest things I got to watch recently was 2 of my ‘newer’ folks extracting their first harvest. They borrowed our extractor, it gave ’em a bit of a fit. I got called over to troubleshoot and that was easy enough to get done. But, then to see ’em load their frames, spin that thing up and watch that golden goodness flow out the gate! What a treat. These folks have faced some challenges with their hives. Going into their 2nd winter now I hope they’ve strong colonies in Spring! They’ve worked for it.

Felt pretty good to be sitting back, standing around and taking pictures while they worked to collect the fruits of their learning, efforts and patience. What a treat to share in that!

One thing to be blessed with the keeping of these amazing critters – but to also be able to enjoy others achieving. That’s where it’s at. OK, call me arrogant if I’ve earned it. But if I can be part of that accomplishment, even if in the background – power on.

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