Saturday, October 28, 2006


I read this yesterday in 'The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. Marc brought it home for me from his trip to SC. I finished the novel this morning, and think I will read it again next weekend.

I hadn't been out to the hives before, so to start off she gave me a lesson
in what she called "bee yard etiquette." She reminded me that the world was
really one big bee yard, and the same rules worked fine in both places:
Don't be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don't be
an idiot; wear long sleeves and long pants. Don't swat. Don't even think
about swatting. If you feel angry, whistle. Anger agitates, while whistling
melts a bee's temper. Act like you know what you're doing, even if you
don't. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.


Renee said...


As we discussed last night, I really enjoyed Kidd's book as well (I don't recommend The Mermaid Chair). I know I read that passage but somehow I missed "the world was really one big bee yard, and the rules worked fine in both places". Thanks for posting this, what a great reminder about how to live.

Leeder said...

i loved that book.
i listened to it in the car last year.