When my parents first moved into their house in Huntington, Mommy found ladybugs everywhere, and she felt like it was her mother’s spirit looking after her.
Ladybugs have always been a special symbol of good luck in my family. There was a ladybug on my leg the day my team won the xAct (xTREME Accounting) local case competition at Binghamton (full on nerd in the house – TF3 forever!) And other than that… I can’t remember a specific time when ladybugs have really brought luck but I’ve always liked them and I got a ladybug tattoo on my hip on my 21st birthday and no you can’t see it.
On Sunday, Tom and I returned to this house, which is now Daddy’s house. And we were greeted by a different insect…
Now, in Tom’s family, bees are considered bad luck. Well, it’s not so much a family superstition as Tom just doesn’t like them because he was stung multiple times as a kid and, really, who needs a bunch of bees around?
When Tom and Daddy went to move our mattress, there was one on the mattress cover, which seemed to be injured. Daddy vacuumed him up. Later, I found one on the bathroom window, which Daddy shooed out. Then there was a dead one on one of Daddy’s several keyboards.
Finally, we found the source: the nest in our bedroom window.
Daddy said he’ll knock it down but he didn’t say when. Then he said “This house just seems to attract bees.” Bees.
As we were leaving, a bee landed on our windshield. We then went to the park to enjoy the weather for a few minutes…
And as soon as we sat down, three bees landed on our bench.
If my mom took the ladybugs as a sign that she was supposed to be here, what are the bees trying to tell me?
Tonight will be our first night staying at Daddy’s.