Medina, Ohio
Medina, Ohio

Legacy is a noun that rings with the ethereal tune of an adjective. It conjures up thoughts, feelings and descriptions of our childhood intimate relationships.  Smells, visions, sounds and stories summarize our  lives with the thread of legacy weaving the pattern that often defines our mission. The dictionary states it simply as the following:  “Body of persons sent on a mission,” (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved March 14, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/legacy

Legacy appears out of nowhere as we age. It drives and motivates our choices often without a word or hint of itself. We are attracted to things, people, places and opportunities from this innate ghost we eventually name “legacy.” My parents legacy is wide and varied but the main characteristics  revolved around hard work, labor, commitment, making provisions while simultaneously enhancing community life and the nature surrounding it.
The depression was a very difficult time for my father. He had seven siblings and parents to consider.  Dad’s town, Medina, Ohio was a lucky community at the time. A. I. Root had begun to show interest in bees, bees-wax and honey. His company had already grown into a lucrative business which gave my father, Wayne, and his father, Frank, an opportunity to make a few cents a day tending to the needs of the bees and the hives. Since 1869, Root Candles of Medina, Ohio, has been an industry-leading, family-owned company renowned for innovative ideas, aesthetic enhancements and the highest standards of quality. Now in its fifth generation, the Root family continues to extol the virtues of honesty, integrity, and diligent craftsmanship. http://www.rootcandles.com/index.cfm/About-Root-Candles
I listened to stories about bees chasing his brother, Clyde to the swimming hole with a “lesson” embedded about not swatting at honey bees;  how he and  grandpa worked and laughed while providing for the family at pennies a day, yet gaining respect from his community and the  nature he nurtured. Those concepts and visions are deeply implanted in my soul. This reflection and the desire to continue it…… is the legacy I need and want to carry into the future.
I want to continue dad’s legacy of work and his commitment to the A. I. Root Company and honey bees. I want to embrace his love of  nature and his  appreciation for everything that is associated with bees and bee products. I want to reach out into the future and insist that my connection with my dad and grandfather is carried on through the vehicle of apitherapy, beekeeping, bee culture and bee products.  Their life and legacy continues to thrive through me as I encourage the use of bee products for health, as well as the sustenance of  bee health.  The legacy of  A.I. Root and Wayne and Frank Crum continues.
I encourage everybody reading this blog to find their legacy and to commit to it. Legacy is the link to our immediate family which provides the scaffolding needed for future endeavors.
Rhonda Crum

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