A few weeks ago Nash (grandson) and I were on our way to Bible School when we heard what I thought was a giant horsefly caught behind the blinds in the garage window. Since we were in a hurry, I didn’t actually look behind the blinds. I assumed it was a horsefly and hoped it would get what it deserved.
Hours later my assumption about a horsefly was proven wrong when Nash and Don came in with a tiny, listless hummingbird retrieved from under the garage window..
We headed outside and held the wee creature up to one of our three feeders. Within seconds of drinking some of the nectar, it revived and moved about. After Don removed the string wrapped around a wing, our little buddy flew off to the nearest forsythia bush.
Each May we get six or eight hummers. They are lovely, feisty and seem unafraid of us as we watch their antics around the feeders. When we only had one feeder, we got buzzed for refills when it was empty. One of us headed to the kitchen for the water and sugar mixture. We love these guys!
Horseflies are another story. We loathe them. They show up in hot weather buzzing and stinging any creature they find outside. The females are blood suckers and the males feed on pollen and nectar. They are pesky and unpleasant. We do not look forward to their arrival. Instead we arm ourselves with fly swatters and try to bag as many as possible in a day.
My personal best is fifteen. Thankfully, horseflies don’t stay long. I don’t know why, but they move on after a few days.
In my opinion there are two types of people: hummers and horseflies. The hummers are appealing. They look good, they bring a smile, they dance around, they take care of themselves and only ask for help when they really need something. They are pleasing.
The horseflies come in angry, gruff and intimidating. If you let them stay too long they suck your blood or take your pollen. They never say please or thank you. They get on your nerves, but as unpleasant as horseflies are, they have a purpose, besides being good protein for spiders, they pollinate.
Yes, there is something good which comes from horseflies – flowers. I did not know this until I did a little research to find out more about them. I’m still not a fan, but I have a tiny bit of appreciation for their existence.
In her journal Mother wrote, “There is something to be learned from everyone – either what to do or what not to do.”
In life, we enjoy the hummingbird people but can’t avoid the horsefly folks. When they come around, and they will, guard your heart, hold your tongue and practice patience. They usually don’t stay long.