The quote in chapter 11, "It takes honeybee workers ten million foraging trips to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey" portrays the patience and perseverance of honeybees. Similar to honeybees, Lily, Zach, and Neil display patience in their relationships and perseverance in their resolve to connect with the people they care about.
Lily wants so badly to talk with August about her mom, but she chooses to wait until August has processed the grief she feels over her sister's death. She does eventually open up about her mom when the time is right, and embraces the motherly love she receives from August.
Zach confides in Lily how much he cares for her, even though a romantic relationship would be judged by society because of the color of their skin. He tells her, "We can't be together now, Lily, but one day, after I've gone away and become somebody, I'm gonna find you, and we'll be together then." Despite their skin color he is willing to be patient and pursue a relationship with her in the future.
June's boyfriend, Neil, visits her everyday and never stops pursuing her even when she pushes him away. When he proposes to her "for the hundredth time" she finally says yes. Like the honeybees, Neil does not give up on June despite the time and effort it takes to break down the emotional walls she has erected around her heart.