A strange thing happened today. My daughter and I were out walking around the compound this evening, and I noticed a blue Walmart bag on our front stoop that had something in it. I picked it up and pulled out a piece of metal, long and flat and sharp on one end, with a hook on the other. There was a yellow tag wired to the hook end, with handwriting that said: "it's homemade out of cheap steel so may bend if used to pry up a full super but will serve well as a frame lifter and scraper".
Well! It's a nice looking hive tool, for sure. But who left it? We rarely use the front door, so it may have been there a day or two. There was no name, no number, nothing on the tag. I thought of a handful of members on this forum that live near me, but I don't think I've shared my address. I thought perhaps someone driving past saw the hive, but it's rather far out back and behind a tree, from the front road's perspective. Then my daughter reminded me -- I've recently been checking the hive on Sunday mornings, walking about the yard and field in my suit and veil, with a parking lot full of churchgoers coming and going across the street. Of course, somebody saw me then and reached out with this little gift. I think I'll put a sign on my mailbox this weekend that says "Thanks for the hive tool!"