Did you know that “Working Bees” have no connection to the concept of active Bees all working together? Although the saying , “As busy as a Bee,” does!
According to “The Hot Word” Blog for June 2, 2011, The Word Bee, (as in “Working Bees”, “Spelling Bees", etc.), is derived “from the Old English bēn meaning “a prayer, a favor.” By the late 18th century, bee had become commonly associated with the British dialect form, been or bean, referring to the joining of neighbors to work on a single activity to help a neighbor in need: sewing bee, quilting bee, etc . . . This derivation counters a long held belief that “bee” refers to the buzzing insect and the social nature of a beehive.”
So now you know, even if like me, you didn’t before! However, as interesting as it is to know where the concept came from, I feel it more important to see where it is currently going now from a personal aspect. Don’t You? Yes who are joining with now in a singular activity to help others in need? Right now plenty of people are banding together with strangers to help people recover from the floods earlier in the year, in cleaning up, replacing fences etc.
Of course there are many other opportunities for you to come together with other to help them on a specific occasion or occasions. I will shortly be joining a few others to help a single lady and her 2 girls move home; but enough of me, what about you? Who can you help now?
Great question I think! So today’s thought stretcher is, where and how can you personally but with others come together and help someone in need? Again over to you now.