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The Lucky Ladybug

            One day a few years ago, I noticed that I was being followed by ladybugs. There would be one on the wall behind my bed, then another one on my dresser, then out on the porch and on my wrist. I asked around, in case there was a surplus of ladybugs and everyone was having this experience and I was told, instead, that ladybugs are lucky.

Now, I have not been an especially lucky person. I don’t win contests or get discovered in malt shops. I gain weight easily and get injured easily. I tend to wish on eyelashes more than I should. But these ladybugs kept following me around.

A few weeks ago, there was a ladybug on my bedside table for twenty-four hours. At first, I thought it had come here to die. It was so still. I tried to move papers out from underneath it, and it didn’t move. But then mom nudged it with a finger, because she’s braver than I am, and it lifted its wings for a second and then settled back down. Maybe it liked having the light of my table lamp aimed at its back, maybe it was doing a little light reading, or maybe it had something it wanted to tell me.

I felt honored to be chosen like that. Honored to be the safe place for a ladybug to rest and recuperate or to pause before the next big journey. I wondered if my luck would change now that a ladybug had chosen me.

But in the research I did online it said the ladybug has to land on your body to bring good luck, and she didn’t do that. She stayed for twenty four hours and then disappeared.

Then, just recently, the ladybug returned, crawling up the length of my red comforter, looking like she fit right in. She walked right up onto my hand and then flew to my shoulder and tried to crawl up my neck and into my hair. That was a bit too creepy for me.

But is it the same lady bug? Is she persisting in trying to get her magic across to me? I would like to believe that. I would like to believe in the power of magical thinking, not just as an anti-depressant, but as an agent of change in the world. Just like prayer has been proven to have an effect, not just on the person who prays, but on the people she prays for, I want to believe the same about ladybugs. That just the act of wishing for and believing in luck can change the energy in the world, and change what happens next.


About rachelmankowitz

I am a fiction writer, a writing coach, and an obsessive chronicler of my dogs' lives.

17 responses »

  1. As I started reading this post, I immediately though “lucky you – a ladybug, they bring good luck” and then, of course, your post turned into exactly that. I definitely think she’s trying to ensure that her luck definitely filters through to you. She really has made quite some effort!

  2. I think they’re coming out of your computer.

  3. hahahahaha…Such energetic article Rachel. Just loved it. I dont now know whether they are lucky or what but if they are then the luck came to you. I can say about myself I used to ran after It means all my childhood whenever I have been visiting parks and gardens I am always looking for ladybugs and migrating them to my home garden and plant pots via a glass jar I used to keep. Now would it be bringing your luck home or stealing? lol
    Anyways sweet thoughts you have out up here. I m definitely following you for sure. 😉

  4. Great post! When they land on me, I just let them crawl around hoping for the luck transfer to happen! I think crickets are supposed to be lucky also. Ticks, not so much.

  5. That ladybug must really want to make you lucky. 😉 Great story. 🙂 Personally, I can’t stand any bug being ON me, but I guess ladybugs aren’t as creepy as some other things!

  6. 10 / 05 / 2014
    I was walking home from leaving a friend . She came to me a in need help . Ive been feeling down and out because ive lost someone very close to my heart recently . Anyways life goes on . For me right . A ladybug lady on my chest on my journey home and stayed on me for several hours . Once i got back i put my feet up and let the ladybug . Walked me top to toe and back again from my left hand . Side . We felt eachothers energy were i couldnt help but to admire her two black marks identically gazing at me . PRIVILEGED TO HAVE HAD HER PRESENT WITH ME . During this time being . Has giving me hope and light towards my future . I would love to hear a few of your peoples thoughts about this for me ?

  7. I was out side relaxing and a ladybug landed on my wedding finger I am not married , do this mean anything ?


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