So my only location for the hive currently is my backyard, and to be perfectly honest I really don’t want it anywhere else. I like the idea of it in the backyard where I can enjoy the bees and benefit from the pollination in the garden.
However my mother-in-law, who is a wonderful lady, has run a pretty effective smear campaign on bees in general since my wife was a baby. She believes she is allergic, which no one really has any evidence of other then her saying she is… but that is another story. But suffice it to say that my wife is very reluctant to have the bees in the backyard, and links me to every single news story that pops up where people are attacked by bees.
I keep trying to assure her that I am getting a very docile variety of bees, that I had them in my backyard growing up as a child and never got stung so I actually have experience with what I am talking about, that those stories always revolve around people accidentally or intentionally disturbing or destroying the hive. etc etc etc.
She is excited about the benefits of the bees, the honey and pollen and increased yield in the garden. But can’t seem to get her to turn the corner from being afraid of them to at the very least being tolerant of them. She’s not “put her foot down” and forbid it all together (probably knows how well that would be with my stubborn head). She did attend the natural beekeeping conference with me to get some more information, so I know she is trying.
The bees arrive Sunday, so they will be here very soon. I am hoping when she sees that it is nothing to worry about that she will relax. But I know I am going to catch hell if anything or anyone gets even one sting which I know is inevitable eventually.
Anyway TL:DR; want my wife to like the bees and she’s scared of them. How do I get her on board?