Thursday, December 20, 2007


See this cute little ladybug sitting on a pretty leaf? Darling!

See this cute little ladybug sitting on my TONGUE? NOT SO CUTE!

I swear to God, I just about swallowed one!

WHAT is a ladybug doing in my water glass in winter? In my tightly sealed home? Please tell me HOW it got there, and how I can be so possibly distracted that I didn't NOTICE the giant ladybug in my glass before filling my mouth with a huge gulp of water and its poor little unsuspecting body!

Luckily for ladybugs, I have a killer gag reflex. I coughed that thing up so fast it would have made your head spin. She was FINE! I opened up the door and set her free. She will survive.

Ladybugs symbolize good luck. I'm pretty sure she was the lucky one this time.


holly said...

Good luck. And extra protein - if you hadn't coughed her back up that is.

Maddy said...

Eeek! Glad you haven't changed your diet and gone over to the dark side to become an insectivore!

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kario said...

Ugh. Thank you? So glad to know you have a good gag reflex!

Although it's probably warmer in your gut than it is outside right now.

Just sayin...

Kathryn said...

It's a sign.

Of some sort.


Michelle O'Neil said...


I found one in my kitchen sink two days ago. Just one lonely lady bug, hanging in the kitchen.

Does that mean good luck for me too?

Does that mean we're twins? I didn't drink mine, but still.

Kim said...

Ack! So funny!!

Anonymous said...

YUCK!! I gag so easily, and this would have been one of those times. Hopefully, it was floating there to let you know that you will have only good luck in the new year. Yeah, I am pretty sure that's it.

riversgrace said...

Gag reflex...OVER sharing! But good thing because it seems there is a hefty price to pay for killing one!

"The lady bug is used as an attribute of the Divine, and frequently plays the role of a messenger or servant of God. The lady bug establishes a connection with heaven as is evident in many children's rhymes.

A variety of cultures make this connection between lady bug and God and/or Holy Mary. The lady bug is called boarina del Signor (shepherdess of Christ, in some regions of Italy and Sweden), Indragopa (Sanskrit, meaning Indra's shepherd) or Jungfru Marias nyckelpiga (Swedish:Our Lady's servant in charge of the keys) and arca de Dios (Spanish:the ark of God).

According to some authors (Mannhardt, Riegler) this points to a pre-Christian origin where the "lady bug" was the symbol of one or several divinities. Christian faith and culture assimilated these symbolisms, renamed them and gave them a new (sometimes not so new!) content.

The lady bug is the preferred little creature of Our Lady. It lives under her protection. To kill a lady bug means to anger Our Lady for nine days. The lady bug is a bringer of gifts. It brings oil to Jesus, wine to Mary and bread to God the Father. It is in particular the bringer of good things to humans: clothes and pots and jewels.

The lady bug is a porta fortuna or charm (good luck) and, last but not least, a symbol of the soul. In this latter capacity the lady bug is called anima della Madona (soul of Our Lady) or anima del paradiso. Should anybody have the misfortune to kill the bug, he or she would die the very next day.

The connection with Our Lady is therefore not an exclusive one. The bug was assimilated with Mary probably in an effort to baptize it and to make it Christian without depriving it of its office as divine messenger.

Lainie said...

Those are "Halloween" lady bugs...they look to hibernate in warm places for the winter:

Here's another blog with info on them.