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I was getting honey out of the honeycomb today, and I asked my son if he wanted to help. He answered that while he loves honey, he doesn't love the sticky process of retrieving it.
This got me to thinking. I really don't like stickiness touching my skin or being on my skin. It is a feeling that usually I will do a lot to avoid, and I'm usually quick to rinse off the affected area if I do get sticky.
So why do I engage in an opportunity that will certainly make me sticky? Well, for one thing, the stickiness is easily curable. It is not a lasting thing, and for the right activity it isn't that bad.
And for the second thing, I really love honey. So much so that I'm willing to brave stickiness for it. And not just that, I'm willing to go into a hive full of thousands of potentially stinging bees to get it. My bees are generally good girls, and if I act right around them, they let me steal honey.
For me, at least, it is a life lesson. If I'm willing to put up with some things I'm afraid of, there is a great reward. In this case, honey. And don't underplay the negative potential of getting stung a lot. But that potential is outweighed by an appropriate sense of caution and the reward I get. Honey is very yummy and very good for you.
There are a lot of things in life that over time I'm learning aren't as scary as I thought and yield a great reward.
Did you know that clothes were very important to the Incas? Peasants wore llama and other fibers. Alpacas were reserved for the upper classes. The finest fibers, called "cumbi" in Incan, were reserved for royalty only.
You can see why alpaca fibers would be very valuable to the peoples of south America. Alpacas and llamas will live in many places where it is difficult to raise livestock, such as in high mountains and cold areas. Alpaca fiber is several times warmer than wool, and is much more comfortable to boot.
Alpacas are efficient eaters and require not much feed, which would be convenient for an alpaca herder on a cold mountain peak.
But get back to kings wearing alpaca fibers. Nowadays wearing the finest alpaca fibers is within reach of an average American. We have riches, including soft beds and quick communication, that were beyond the comprehension of ancient kings. When you think about it, we really have it pretty good.
Fortunately we are not in the path of any hurricane (it would be quite something for a hurricane to make its way to Colorado) and we don't have any other natural disasters happening. However, around this time a few years ago we had record breaking flooding.
We're a family of three. We raise alpacas and chickens. We explore different ways of living healthier and happier. We love to share what we learn and to learn what you care to share.