People who know me know that I love hats.
As a red-headed person in Texas this is more survival than fashion.
I have a modest collection of head candy that I wear, but this hat is pretty special. It belonged to my great-grandfather Marvin Casstevens. Marvin was one of a tribe of eleven wild Casstevens siblings. People said he was a a witty guy who was always inventing things to make life in dusty depression era Lubbock easier.
But Marvin's real claim to fame was his talent for Bee Charming.
Marvin was THE MAN when it came to moving dangerous hives,
including one epic save at the Lubbock County Courthouse.
I didn't know about this until I was an adult. Initially, I thought it was pretty funny because Marvin's great-granddaughter had an almost certifiable phobia of bees. Yes, really, the girl who would hyperventilate mid-sentence and skitter around ridiculously as soon as a little buzzer would hover nearby.
But, I decided (based upon my newly discovered Bee Charming DNA) that I was not going to flip every time a bee came around any more. I mean, what would Marvin say?
So, I began to be a little braver. I began to relax "on purpose" when bees came around
and low and behold.... the world didn't end! I could actually stand in one place calmly while they swooped in to check things out before swooping away again.
This familial discovery and change in my behavior got me thinking about how all of us have an ancestor or two with some special talent.
Investigating your family tree for strengths is not only entertaining, it can inspire!
What's buzzing around up in your family tree?
I'm sure you've got your own Bee Charmer.