Friday, February 12, 2010

The Ladybug Whisperer

I've never a dull moment, even when I'm alone in my reading/writing/blogging room. When I'm doing my favorite things and I'm certain that I'll have no distractions whatsoever for the remainder of the evening, a lady shows up. She doesn't ask if she can join me, in fact, she doesn't even inform me that she's in the vicinity.

It's not as upsetting and startling as it may sound, you see, for the lady is a bug. In all honesty, I welcome my cute little ladybug friend. I'm surprised she's alive and well in the middle of the winter season in Wisconsin.
She likes my laptop as you can see and she loves to plop down on my book when I'm reclined in my chair, reading. I always pause and watch her travel up, down or across the page. She doesn't care much for novels and doesn't stay long among the many words. Soon, the light over my shoulder catches her eye and she, quite clumsily and abruptly, lifts off and disappears under the lampshade.

Do you recall this nursery rhyme?

Ladybug! Ladybug!
Fly away home.
Your house is on fire
And your children all gone.

All except one,
And that's little Ann,
For she crept under
The frying pan.

Perhaps that's what draws the ladybug to the light. The next time she heads up, up and away, toward the light bulb, I'll whisper to her that she needed worry. It's not a fire.


Annie said...

I never realized there was a second verse!!! Maybe this lady is a promising reminder of spring :)

Ocean Girl said...

She explored so well. Looked like she didn't miss a corner.

Gullible said...

Ah, The Book Thief didn't steal all your words. Lucky you.


Spring is coming soon perhaps...doesn't feel like it I heard~ Love ladybug*

Lara Harris said...

So sweet :)

Shaddy said...

Annie: I didn't know about the second verse either. I found it online and think it's quite cute.

Ocean Girl: She is a curious little thing. I don't know what she's eating that keeps her alive.

Gully: I haven't finished The Book Thief yet. I'm awful close though. I'm so glad you mentioned the book because it's extraordinary.

I take it your muse is still on the loose! What a stinker she is!

Lenore: March 21st or whenever Spring arrives can't come soon enough, although today is a sunny, beautiful day even though it's still Winter.

Lara: You're sweet to take the time to comment. Please come visit again.

Anonymous said...

Didn't this happen to you before? Isn't a ladybug good luck? '...your house is on fire and your children are gone' doesn't sound like a very nice nursery rhyme to me...hum

Sarah said...

Awwww, this is such a cute post. I hope this is a sign that spring is on the way, and not a ladybug looking for refuge from our brutal winter days. :) In either case, I love that she's visiting your creative space.

Anonymous said...

Oh Shaddy! This is written so well - Your words expressed your thoughts so well that I felt as if I were sitting right next to you watching this sweet little ladies journey.

Shaddy said...

dayner: Yes, I've had ladybug friends before!! I don't care for the words of the nursery rhyme either.

Sarie: I've missed you, my friend. I almost stepped on my ladybug this morning! She was on the ceramic tile floor in the hall. I put my finger down beside her and when she climbed aboard, I returned her to my writing room. Actually, I did that twice.

darksculptures: Thank you!

Natasha said...

Great pics! Great story! I didn't know the second verse, either. Yeah, a lot of nursery rhymes and fairy tales are actually pretty creepy/sad.

Lia said...

How wonderful to have a little muse to keep you company and help you though the day day.
Much love