Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Don’t Step On a Bee Day

I have been sitting at my desk wondering what I could possibly write about “stepping on a bee.”  So, I read the newspaper instead.  Lo and behold, I found an article, on the front page, about bees.  

New research, from Arizona State University, found that older honeybees turned back the clock on brain aging when they took on new duties, such as caring for baby bees. This suggests that social interventions, changing how you deal with your surroundings, could be used to treat or slow dementia in humans. This research showed that social relationships can heal older brains. Researchers like to study social insects, such as honeybees, because, as with humans, cooperation with others is vital in their world.

I am not sure, why they had to study this for three years, when they could have called meI started to mentor at-risk children seven years ago, when I was seventy-six years old.  I know this activity, along with social relationships with adults, has been a great gift to me. 

So, please don’t step on a bee today. We have a lot to learn from God’s little creatures.

“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly,
 but the bumblebee doesn’t know that, 
so it goes on flying anyway.”  
Mary Kay Ash

By Lois Jamieson

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