I moved this bee, and freed it from a tiny fragment of web that I think it was being a little dramatic over, and it suddenly went wild. Buzzing frantically, sting poking out like a ravenous serpent, throbbing in an almost cartoon like way, the bumble bee began to move sideways along the pane of glass, pointing towards it but not getting out. It was in panic, maybe the spider had attempted to have a go and I'd not seen it, but this bee was not happy and was not thinking straight.
I have seen smaller insects understand the principle of a window and manoeuvre themselves around the sill and out, but this bee, as large as it was, just wanted out and it wanted it now. My first thought was to give it some honey, I know that what we are meant to do when we see bees in distress. A peace offering from humanity, on a Sheffield stainless steel spoon, usually does the trick. I didn't have any, so I used brown Barbados sugar and water, on a spoon. The bee didn't want any thing to do with it. I poured the saturated solution into a globular pile nearby and then went away.
I could still hear this bee going mad for the outdoors, and it was still really angry, so I had to think again. I didn't want it in my home really, especially in that mood, so I decided to take more action. I had a stained glass window ornament on this window sill, and on it was written the word “Peace”. It was there behind my lush geraniums which are currently enjoying the august sunshine from the greenhouse effect of living behind double glazing.
I fiddled with the geraniums, and tried to get the bee to use one as a ladder. No avail, the bee was in panic mode and I couldn't get an ounce of sense into it. You may think this usual, but in the past I've managed to assist bugs and things a lot more easily. By picturing what I want it to do in my mind and then gesturing with what ever is there, strangely enough this works. This bee though, just didn't want to do it. The peace sign was there, and by now the bee was behind it and out of my reach.
Maybe now you can see where I am going with this. The sting was still exposed and the bee had been going crazy at the glass, really willing itself to get out. We've all been there, so damned sure we are on the right track that we can't see the universe stopping our every move. I used the peace sign, yes, I picked up peace and I scooped up this bee which actually did what I wanted for once, and then chucked it out of the window. Peace went out the window, when peace was an illusion. I had no peace with this crazy thing in my home, I felt compassion for it and compassion for myself. I can always get this ornament back, it fell harmlessly on the lawn.
I also consider myself very lucky that it wasn't this beautiful sculpture, also named "Peace". Absolutely gorgeous. As with all the art, click it to find out more.