“The Raccoon and the Honey Bee”
Acrylic on Canvas, 12” x 12” x 0.5” by Amanda Zirzow
I’m inspired to create artwork that connects people with nature and illustrates fantastic stories as told in classic fables, tall tales, and legends.
“Away with you, vile insect!” said a Raccoon angrily to a Honey Bee that was buzzing around his head.
But the Honey Bee was not in the least disturbed. “Do you think,” he said spitefully to the Raccoon, “that I am afraid of you just because you are bigger?” The next instant he flew at the Raccoon and stung him sharply on the nose.
Mad with rage, the Raccoon struck angrily at the Honey Bee, but only succeeded in scratching himself with his claws. The Honey Bee stung the Raccoon again and again, who now was squealing terribly in pain. At last, worn out with rage and covered with wounds that his own teeth and claws had made, the Raccoon gave up the fight.
The Honey Bee buzzed away to tell the whole world about his victory, but instead, he flew straight into a spider’s web. And there, he who had defeated the Raccoon came to a miserable end, the prey of a little spider.
The moral of the story is that the least of our enemies is often the most to be feared and pride over a success should not throw us off our guard.