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*Monday April 19/10

A Ladybird stalking it’s prey, originally uploaded by Ian A Kirk.

Ladybug ladybug fly away home
Your house is on fire and your children are gone…

The English version, which refers to ladybirds, appeared in a collection of nursery rhymes in 1744.

And from here:

Many adoption websites, books, announcements, and other items feature ladybugs. Interestingly enough, this has no roots in Chinese culture (although they are red). The basic story is this: Several years ago in China, as the international adoption programs were beginning to take off, there was a fall season where the ladybug population grew unusually large. This was thought to be a lucky charm for those that were adopting, so now whenever ladybugs are seen, it is said that more beautiful children are being referred to wonderful waiting parents and families.

And they eat aphids!



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

8 thoughts on “*Monday April 19/10

  1. What a lovely idea! Ladybirds do always conjure in me idyllic scenes of loving nurseries and happy children, so it’s very funny how easily that goes hand in hand with the lucky charm interpretation from China.

  2. We’re apparently expecting a ladybird invasion this summer – I’ll let you know! Whilst I’m not the greatest fan of insects, I do love them. Just as Di says, they are are very evocative of childhood.

  3. I found two on my tree yesterday and I was reminded of a friend who was told by her mother in law, in her final days, to look for ladybugs, for they would be signifying her. Now it’s how I see these gorgeous creatures. I’ve tried photographing them; I’ve never truly succeeded.

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