Red ladybug seen from the side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On Saturday, I went to DAVID’sTEA shop for the first time. My friends kept telling me that I had to try these teas. So I went in and bought the flavoured black tea called Fantasy Island. My friends were right, it was totally worth it.
As I was sitting and sipping my tea today, I remembered something that happened a couple of weeks ago. On November 15, I was traveling by bus and managed to rescue a ladybug. I recorded the experience on my Day One IPhone Journal / Diary app, and today I want to share it with you:
Today I saved a ladybug that was stuck in the bus. I saw this thing flying around. At first I thought it was a piece of lint that fell from someone’s coat sleeve, but then, it got to the window, and I realized that it was a ladybug. I was surprised to see a ladybug so late in the season. Of course I knew that I would try to get it out.
When the bus stopped at the station and people started to get off, I went to the window the ladybug was on. I put my knee on one of the seats that just got vacated and raised myself up just a little. I raised my hand and touched the metal edge of the window, getting a little panicky because the ladybug kept walking up the window higher and higher. Soon after that, I managed to put my palm over it and I tried to grab it with my fingers. Luckily it fell in my palm and I was able to close my fingers over it like a little cage to make sure it would not fall out.
I stepped out of the bus and went to a bench trying to place the ladybug on the top back support piece, but the ladybug would not budge. For a second I was terrified that I hurt it, but when I nudged it a little from behind, it started to move and walk on my finger. The ladybug did not want to walk off my finger, no matter how much I tilted it. It kept walking higher toward the back of my hand. Since I saw that the ladybug will spend some time with me, I thought of taking a picture if it with my phone. But as soon as I finished that thought it decided to take off and fly. I was happy!
When I first saw the ladybug in the bus, I thought that the ladybug was acting stressed. You know how insect keep flying into a window trying to get out. It might not make any sense, but I felt that there was something desperate in the way it was flying…or perhaps it was my imagination, and my desire to help it get out of there.
I was glad that I managed to set the ladybug free. I often save bugs that get trapped in the bus, in water, and even if they get trapped and tangled in some form of vegetation. I feel bad for them, and I thought hmm….only if I had the same dedication for getting myself out of places and situations that I sometimes feel stuck or trapped in. Do I not deserve as much from myself as a ladybug, a bee, a spider, or any other creature I ever helped? In the future I want to remember that I acted without much thought to save a creature’s life, and reduce its stress and suffering. And that I deserve the same commitment and immediate action.