Wednesday, July 08, 2020


The gentleman that was to administer my test today has had cancer. He had a radiation treatment yesterday. He asked me to call this morning before I drove the two hours to his apiary.

When I called just after 8 a.m., his voice sounded weak and weary. He asked if we could reschedule. I said, of course.

He sent me a text this evening, so we're set for Friday afternoon.

I'm torn because I feel as though I'm adding to his load at a time in his life where his load is heavy enough.

I've talked to him several times the past few weeks. He is an avid beekeeper. I think he wants to help as many people on their journey to becoming a responsible steward of honeybees.

I'm signing off now because I need to go study.

The sun came out this even, and this tiger swallowtail boy came to sip on the butterfly bush. Go figure.


  1. Hopefully the radiation will help him.

  2. I'm sure it gives him joy to be able to pass on his love for bees and does not feel it is a burden. Just make him proud.

  3. Radiation was a horrid experience for my Tom ...but thank God, he came through. Prayers for your mentor!

  4. If you are in any doubt ask the gentleman. It sounds as if he would rather continue to contribute/participate in life. Which is wonderful.
    And thank you for the glory of the flutterbye.

  5. Funny that. The fact that much of life here on earth depends on the little honey maker. I am sure some people have such a dedication that pro-beeing, is a center of their lives.
    In the middle of all this, CANCER is one of the nastiest and meanest words in the English language.
    Sherry & jack

  6. I would say if it's something he loves, it's not a problem for him at all. Glad he could reschedule the time. Hope the treatments work for him. If you love what you do, it is never really work!

  7. What a caring man. Calling you to reschedule, he showed his devotion to patients.

    May God bless him and touch his body.

  8. Praying for the man can be so tough. I loved your picture. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  9. I'm so sorry about your bee keeper gentleman. I have had radiation and it zapped the energy out of me but I also had chemo before the radiation. Having cancer makes one appreciate life even more through the suffering. Go figure. I hope he gets better so he can keep on doing what he loves.

    Lovely picture of the butterfly. Such a beauty.
    Hugs, Julia

  10. That's too bad about your bee keeper friend/teacher. I know he probably loves to help folks with beekeeping and sometimes I've noticed that cancer patients just want life to be as normal as possible so I bet he doesn't feel like you're adding to his load. I'm guessing it makes him happy.

  11. Oh...the poor man and to have to go through this ordeal when this virus is everywhere, especially in the States. I know he has a strong kinship with family and friends just from your writing. I love this picture of the butterfly in the beautiful blues. In native teachings the butterfly means Joy in Life


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