I have always loved ladybugs. I have mentioned before that I even went so far as to have them on our wedding cake.
My bathroom is covered with ladybugs. I no longer have a ladybug shower curtain but there are soap and candle shaped ladybugs all over the walls!
At one of my old jobs they gift wrapped my desk in the cutest foil ladybug wrapping paper! I liked that wrapping paper so much that I saved large pieces of it. When we moved into this house I started decorating the spare bedroom for Amara and I cut out some of those ladybugs and glued them to the valance.
I found the cutest ladybug sheets that matched and I loved how that room looked! So did the kittens.
So did Amara.
Even though she was very young, she loved those ladybugs over the window! Grampy would carry her into the room and would have to lift her up so that she could touch each bug individually. They did this for many years.
This was probably our very first tradition!
The sheets and the comforter have all changed over the years and the room has become completely Amara’s. (Do Not Tell Twursula!) I loved her satin princess comforter that we recently replaced. It was coming apart at the seams from a little girl playing on it a lot — not to mention Twursula liked to stretch out on it. By this I mean she would put her front paws on the bed and stretch — while pulling on the fabric!
Amara now has a purple reversible comforter with purple flowered sheets that she picked out herself. She has given away some of her old toys and even taken down some of the old pictures she had put up. She continues to make it her room.
While we were stripping off the old comforter and sheets, I looked up at those ladybugs. They are now all so faded. After almost 8 years you can’t tell that they were once each a different bright color. So I asked Amara if she wanted to take them down and maybe replace them with something new. You could tell she was thinking about it very seriously and she says to me “No, let’s leave them up for a while longer. There are a lot of memories up there.”
Sometimes she just tugs at my heartstrings. This was one of those times.