A Talk about a Bee

March 6, 2024

Author: Nicholas Lapic, C Watch, College of the Atlantic ’26


Ship's Log

March 5th, 2024Position: Anchored at KaikouraShip Heading: I just said we were anchored were not moving.Weather: Bright (but cold) morning with clouds from Olympus blessing ourmountainous covers followed by a solemn greyness enveloping the sky in theafternoon with light drizzles.

This has been hard. But then again, it was never advertised as easy.In times of hardship and difficulty I like to find comfort in nature. Like atoddler drawn to a cat I am drawn to the birds around me. The petrel swarms,tern ghosts, and the absolutely obscene amount of albatross we've seen onthis voyage (like, my lord have we seen a lot) has brought me unending joy.I've been 20 degrees off my course because I was staring at an oddsilhouette that vaguely resembled a winged creature. This is what I spentmost of my watch today doing: daydreaming of birds and believing to see themin every mountain and cloud I saw. Because of this mental distraction, watchtoday felt confusing and long.After watch felt a little nicer as I could sit and write most of the day.I'll skip ahead a lot because the aforementioned sitting and writing is allthat happened in the 10 hours after watch if I'm being frank.  When wefinally anchored at Kaikoura, I sat atop the deck top and tried to draw,despite the lack of inspiration and motivation. It was sitting up here thatI watched a bee crash land in front of me.The bee was black with a brown mid stripe and a white speckled rear. It wasa new bee to me, one I've never seen before. Honestly, I had forgotten thatbees even existed up until this point. I had forgotten the joy of seeing afluffy bee wiggle about on a flower. The little bee seemed to shiver in thecold with me atop the boat, in this territory unfamiliar and wholly new tohim. He must have travelled so far and long to get here today.  I sat therewith him, watching intently as he gripped against the wind and attempted toshuffle his way to the safety of a cave made of rope. The thought of thatbee warm and secure on a boat all too big and much too dangerous for himmade me unreasonably happy. He made me feel content and safe.The little niceties seem to be what I remember the most out of these days atsea. The drawings people make (shout out to SHART), intriguing showeringmethods, playing ukulele with friends and Tiegan, and more importantly, thelittle bee I saw. I'm excited for what will bring me joy next. Perhaps itwill be a pink bee or a hug. I hope it's both.(P.S. Shout out to bees for existing and also I guess my family (I love youall!)).(P.S.S. Update on the mutagen: several crew members have been transformedbut due to the nature of the Great Ones, they have been forgotten as humansand only remembered as incredibly well armed walruses).(P.S.S.S. I guess we also saw Hector's Dolphins today but not a bird or beeso no reason to care for me).Nicholas Lapic, C Watch, College of the Atlantic '26

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  1. Siska March 14, 2024 at 12:15 - Reply

    Wonderful island. Always dreamed about going on an adventure like
    this. Namaste

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