Today we went over to a friend's house for supper and the children were playing kick-the-can after dessert. One of the girls was hiding behind a bush waiting for the perfect moment to jump out and kick the can when she realize that she wasn't alone behind that bush. There was a huge swarm of bees right there next to her.
Bees, while they swarm are very friendly and will almost never sting. So we all gathered around and had a look. One of the mothers found a bottle of honey and the children had fun putting a dot of it on their finger and letting the bees cluster around for a taste.
I think it was good for the children to make peace with something they were formerly afraid of. Besides, it made for a very interesting evening. We didn't capture the swarm -- even though we thought about it -- because, as the one rhyme says:
A swarm in may is worth a bale of hay
A swarm in june is worth a silver spoon
A swarm in July isn't worth a fly
There just isn't enough time left in the year for the bees to gather enough honey to make it through the winter so we just left them hang in that bush.