We all have a traumatic moment when we became deathly afraid of something whether it be dogs, snakes or in my case bees. I was in the second grade outside on a very sunny day playing a game of chase on recess. My friend Nikki discovered she was being chased by not only me but a GIANT Bumble Bee! I think I shouted “Run” and we ran and the GIANT bee followed us. Nikki fell down and I stopped to look at her and bam I got stung in the ankle. Nikki was fine and I was trying to be a tough girl but it hurt. From that moment I have disliked anything with wings and a stinger. I am not really sure this bee was GIANT but all I know is that it caused me some serious trauma still to this day. I can play Tom Boy all day long but if a bee comes a buzzing, I revert back to my second grade experience. I told my teacher I had been stung she sent me to the nurses office for some ice and I iced until the ice melted got on the bus and went home. Like many second graders do, I complained a lot, to my mom about the HUGE bee that stung me. I told my mom it itched and complained some more. Went on with my usual after school routine of playing outside and eating a snack. When I was called in for dinner I complained a little more about this itch, my mom said take off your shoe, ice it and please stop complaining. I removed my shoe and wow my foot blew up like a balloon. Turns out I had a bit of an allergic reaction to this bee sting. My foot doubled in size and my mom said “why didn’t you tell me it was this bad”. Trip to the Dr. steroids and a missed football game with my friends I was back at it shortly now terrified of all bees!
Bees really do great things for our environment and are a necessity but that does not mean I have to like them. I appreciate them but you will not see me being a Bee keeper anytime and if you ever see my running really fast, it is likely I am being chased by a bee. Honey bees mainly feed on nectar and pollen for their energy and protein source and most people associate them with the production of honey. Yet the greatest service honey bees provide is the pollination of agricultural crops. In their search for food, they also pollinate the flowers they visit. Pollination increases the yield and quality of many crops and its value to agriculture is at least €150 billion worldwide. Pollinators include honey bees, wild bees, bumblebees, solitary bees, butterflies, wasps, beetles, birds and bats. Check out this fun clip about bees!