I call all my bees "my girls" or "my babies".
And they do slow you down - make you appriciate the world around you more. I've tried convincing my friends to have bees. I keep telling them just what burny said - it's the easiest livestock around......
- no daily feeding
- no poop to clean up
- and a bounty of rewards / from honey to being a stress reliever
I haven't got a clue why they wouldn't want bees. Here in the country, where most neighbors are not right on top of you, bees are a wonderful addition to any farm. I have friends that have horses, cows, chickens, breed purebred dogs, and gardens. Bees top them all in ease and benefits.