February 20, 2014
“Hey, where’s my ladybug?!” I exclaimed after searching on top of the fridge where I had placed it. The stove top had been its home for the previous two days. Yet it was Sunday morning and I didn’t want the tiny creature on the stove while I cooked breakfast.
“What?” came Rick’s response not whole-heartedly interested in my query.
“My ladybug! I put it on the fridge a little bit ago and now it’s gone,” I offered while scanning the counter tops again, then adding, “Be careful where you step it may be on the floor!” I pleaded, receiving an overly dramatic eye roll in response. Dickens, I hope he was only being theatrical for effect because he knew I had discovered the ladybug soon after we arrived at the cabin for Valentine’s weekend. Spotting it on its back on the stove top as soon as I started putting food in the cabinets I merrily said, “Well, hello ladybug. What are you doing here?” Then I gently turned it over and went about unpacking for the weekend.
The next morning the little dickens was upside down again so I softly turned her over as I casually mentioned to Rick ladybugs were considered good luck. He had never heard of such lore and I wasn’t exactly sure why myself. Yet I’ve always held a fondness for the cheerfully colored teeny red and black creatures. After all, ladybugs are one of the good insects that eat pesky pests and their first known sighting is a rather interesting story, I discovered.
History states that during the Middle Ages a horrible insect infestation was devouring crops so farmers prayed fervently to the Virgin Mary for protection. Suddenly ladybugs appeared and began eating the troublesome pests. Hence, farmers first referred to them as “Beetles of our Lady,” which morphed into ladybug, ladybird or lady beetle. Therefore, being a direct reference to the Virgin Mary, some cultures believe ladybugs bring good fortune.
Just as we wish upon a falling star, throw coins in wells and break wishbones, each with an expressed longing to have our fondest desire granted, we can add ladybugs to the list of good luck deliverers. Possibly in the realm of love, health, or even financial gain as we dream of attaining our secret desires. Personally, I’ve never wished upon a ladybug; although a pleasant reminder to think happy thoughts about good fortune arriving in the form of a polka-dotted beetle sounds beneficial.
Not that we actually need four-leaf clovers, wishing wells or ladybugs to make our dreams come true, of course. However, as we stop at a fountain and toss in a coin, or close our eyes to make a wish before blowing out our birthday candles, just seeing a ladybug should remind us of an answered prayer by a group of farmers centuries ago. And as that inspirational story flows forth from your memory, allow yourself a moment to say your own prayer, for yourself or someone else. Because who can say if wishes come true from falling stars or ladybugs? All I can tell you is your hopes, dreams and desires won’t have a chance if you don’t stay focused and keep wishing for them. So if some of you need ladybugs as a reminder to refocus your thoughts on that which you desire, so be it. Then keep those happy thoughts flowing throughout your day. That’ll put a zing in your step for sure.
Are you wondering if I ever found the ladybug? Nope, and I was truly disappointed because I had said more than once, “If she’s here when we leave, I’m taking her home.” Instead, I came home and researched ladybugs and good luck. Even though I lost track of the ladybug, I was reminded to refocus on my dreams. And that my friends, is good fortune indeed.
Can you imagine...why some ladybugs have spots?
Smile and the world smiles with you.