"The hives look great! This is going to be the best year ever!"
"Wow! We've already been able to split several hives and we even caught a swarm- we have six colonies this summer!"
"Wait. All of sudden, they've stopped building comb. This one doesn't even have a queen. We'll give them more brood to raise a new one. They'll do fine. There's still a lot of summer left."
"Oh my word. The hives look lousy. They're not building comb. The colonies are small and not booming like they should be. What are we doing wrong? What should we be doing instead? Okay, we'll start feeding light syrup to encourage building and then soon switch to heavy so they can store more for winter."
"They're all going to die again this winter. I just know it. We can try to combine colonies to bolster them and keep feeding them but they're likely going to all die. We stink. Beekeeping is hard."
"They won't die. They'll be fine. The bees know what they're doing. They'll figure it out. The more hands-off the better. Well, except for all those ways we could help them along. What was all that I read three years ago? When in doubt, offer food, right? I'll just make more syrup. Maybe they just missed us while we were away. Yep, that's probably it. Everything will be juuuust fine."