I am excited to announce that one of my boys has been awarded a bee keeping scholarship! He applied in November to the Trinity Valley Bee Keepers Association here in Dallas. We have been to meetings several times and it seems like a great group of people, who all love gardening and bees. What does it mean to have a bee keeping scholarship? It means that my son will be able to attend a course about all things bees, receive a hive and bees to put in it, of course. Thank goodness he will also be getting a bee suit and hive tools. Wait for it, here is the best part; he gets a mentor that will work closely with him providing valuable hands on training. I know! This is a BIG deal and blessing.
It looks like he has the best mentors ever, not one but two! I have a suspicion that they have a lot to teach him other than bees. They are a father and son team who both seem to have a great deal of wisdom to share and huge kind hearts. They did however both have mischievous twinkles in their eyes and mentioned more than once that they were masters at trickery and tomfoolery. Hmm, those of you that know my son know that he is TRULY the master at trickery and tomfoolery. I have used this expression before to describe my son, but it is so fitting I will use it again. Imagine approaching a project, say bees for instance, with your favorite cartoon character. Maybe it is bugs bunny. Maybe the road runner. Maybe(pause for effect) it’s the Tasmanian Devil. Now I think you are starting to get the idea. Even if it is your favorite character, still a risky business. Now I will add the more sobering part. I will be accompanying these three people every Saturday to work with active hives of bees! My saying for the new year will be;” Suit up and brace yourself.” I guess you now know what I am wishing for Christmas. Yes, a bee suit ,hopefully top of the line. Seriously I am super excited to embark on this new adventure and I am also thankful that God has provided this opportunity for my son. Each of my children have a gifted area and this goes right along with my son’s wish to become a missionary farmer. So excited to see what new lessons His Father has for him in this new venture.