Greeting makes it easier to fly against the wind

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Every time we take a lengthy road trip it seems we face a headwind and naturally car mileage dips. If we head north we face a north wind and if we head south, it’s a wind blowing from the south.
These windy situations crossed our mind a week ago when we viewed a mass migration of monarch butterflies making what was termed a “pit stop” in Aurora. The thousands of monarchs are on their near 2,000 mile migration trip to winter headquarters in Mexico.
As one group of monarchs took a break from flying into a strong south wind we marveled at the perseverance and wing muscle strength it must take to reach their travel goal.
That’s when we were reminded of our own semi-annual 800 mile road trips when we drove to Austin, Texas while battling a south wind and watching our car’s gauge rapidly move downward toward empty. We would arrive tired from the one-day of driving; a sore back; and less “miles per gallon.”
 But, just as we assume the monarchs were happy to reach their goal and quickly forgot those tired wing muscles, we too, soon forgot the long windy drive and were happy to reach our goal of seeing the grandkids and family.
While on the subject of butterflies, the story goes at a fancy dance for children a policeman was stationed at the door and was instructed not to admit any adults. An excited woman came running up to the door and demanded admission.
“I’m very sorry, ma’am,” replied the policeman, “but I can’t let anyone in except children.”
“But my child is in there as a butterfly,” explained the woman, “and she has forgotten her wings!”
“Can’t help it,” replied the policeman, “orders are orders . . . and you’ll just have let her represent a caterpillar!”
It’s been reported Nebraska beekeepers have suffered huge losses from chemicals, mites and weather. The losses have been so challenging an industry leader who has almost 82,000 hives across the United States lost 82 percent of its Nebraska bees last year and gave up by moving the remainder of the surviving 12,000 hives (500 million bees) to South Dakota.
If the economic sting was not enough, Nebraska now has another problem. Our official state insect is the bee!

RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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