SACRAMENTO, CA. - To bee or not to bee. That's the quesiton that's been buzzing around in my brain for years.
Should I put a hive of honeybees in my tiny Arden park backyard? What about my kids, will they get stung? What if a giant swarm decides to call me, "Honey," and chases me into my bed.
What about my neighbor's son, Tommy Phillips, who's terribly allergic to bees? God forbid! How could I ever forgive myself if one of my bees zapped him into anaphylactic shock!
Somehow, I just decided to to bite the bullet, put on my bee-bravado and head over to Sacramento's beekeeping supply shop on W street.
I mustered up all kinds of courage. "I'd like to order a swarm of bees."
"O.K." said Mr. B, the bee man.
O.M.G. Was that all there was to beekeeping? Just order a swarm and BAM, you've a beekeeper?
The answer is quite simply, "Yes."