There’s a FREE screening of SISTER BEE happening this Thursday, April 25th, 7:00 PM at Silver Sage Community House, 1650 Yellow Pine Avenue, Boulder, CO. Email me to RSVP if you think you’d like to attend.
The above quote is one I treasure from Sister Bee. It’s a tricky one that I didn’t get at first though did feel it was important when Marge first said it because her tone shifted markedly from lighthearted self-deprecation to solemnity. My first thought was that it had something to do with resignation and the giving up or softening of one’s opinions/principles/stridency with age. Today I feel differently. I think she was talking about an opening that comes with maturity. When we’re young there’s so much to prove! But as we age and gain confidence it’s possible to take a break from “trying to impress” to listen and appreciate what others have to say.
Marge McLellan modeled graceful aging for me. She was a dear friend and mentor to many. I miss her already.
Marge McLellan using the uncapping knife on a frame of honey
“Tonight is Midsummer Night’s Eve, also called St. John’s Eve. St. John is the patron saint of beekeepers. It’s a time when the hives are full of honey. The full moon that occurs this month was called the Mead Moon, because honey was fermented to make mead. That’s where the word “honeymoon” comes from, because it’s also a time for lovers. An old Swedish proverb says, ‘Midsummer Night is not long but it sets many cradles rocking.'”