There’s a hornet’s nest up on the eves, I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago. I looked up at it and I felt all happy seeing the cool nest designed with chewed up paper teaming with life. At the same time I felt sadness and a bit of fear as I knew there could be trouble. It is so hard to love all things. A few years back a similar nest had stayed for a season – it had remained undetected; I think only my son and I knew about it. Earlier this summer I had gazed at pieces of the old nest I had saved wondering if they would return.
Sure enough there they were. This time in a spot I knew that someone might see. One neighbor had torn down the shade trees in his yard leaving my little yard area exposed to the sight of others. I talked to the hornets softly, “you guys better stay good, I worry about your safety here”.
Some people attract butterflies but I seem to attract all kinds of things. Rats, mice, giant spiders, frogs, hornets, hawks, cats, dogs, deer, all kinds of odd bugs, bats, vultures, a multitude of birds… I guess leaving bird seed out, composting and organic gardening causes some issues. 😀 (Actually the vultures only circle around the back five acres but I hope someday when I’m done with this body someone will leave it out for them)
The neighbors complain about the starlings nesting in the bird house and crapping on their driveway and the deer coming through and eating their flowers. (The deer are not my fault but I guess I’m supposed to chase them away when I see them) Maybe I’m an odd duck but I’m kind of in rapture while watching a couple of new born fawns and their mother picking out a few choice morsels and don’t really have the heart to chase them away. (At the same time I wouldn’t turn down some nice venison sausage, would support sustainable hunting and I value the neighbors flower garden and friendship.) 😉
I watch as many people in the neighborhood pour chemicals on their lawns spraying the weeds with herbicides and chase away (kill?) swarming bees. I guess people are angry at me for granting asylum to a few hornets and weeds (blackberries). They have offered to poison the blackberries for me. This bothers me a bit as I sit eating the first delicious blackberries of the season, but I know they mean well.
But I mostly feel sad from our conversation the day before. The hornets had gotten themselves in trouble by feasting on dead meat and soft drinks and the nest had been spotted up under my house eve.
I wish people would stop leaving that stuff out; the nitrites in the processed meat and refined carbohydrates in soft drinks (completely lacking in any nutritional value) probably account for some of the hornets bad disposition and behavioral problems. 😀
Only a few short weeks to go now and the hornets will die off naturally for the winter. I’m thinking of putting up a sign saying “KEEP OUT!” posted private property, not liable for any death or dismemberment caused by angry hornets, giant rats, spiders, dogs, bacteria or thorny bushes – signed, sister/mother earth. 🙂
I guess I told a bit of a white lie when questioned about it and said they were paper wasps and beneficial to the garden and would die soon anyway, so could we please just kind of ignore it? It feels a bit bad on my part, perhaps I should bring over a peace offering – some blackberry preserves / wine or something. 😉 I do feel bad about having it there knowing how they feel and perhaps blackberries wouldn’t be the best peace offering based on the track record since I’m sure they feel it is the cause of attracting all these issues.
But, please don’t throw a baseball at the hornet’s nest kids. I would feel just awful if that happened having known about it and letting it be. We are experiencing the sixth mass extinction of many lifeforms on the planet could we have some toleration please? Why is it so hard to just “let it be”?
I shout over to the neighbors across the fence letting them know that if they wanted I’d poison the nest out but they just smiled and waved and shouted “hey dude, no worries, we just wanted you to know about the nest in case you didn’t”. Shining love surrounds me, I am so grateful. 🙂