I Thought Ladybirds Were Supposed To Be My Friends

Ladybirds are the kindest of all the insects. They are not the mandible-clacking monsters that museum curators keep as pets. They’re gentle, they never forget birthdays, and if you look stressed, a ladybird will play a set of ladybird-sized pan pipes until your cares evaporate, like milk.
Why are ladybirds adorable? I shouldn’t have to tell you – this information is drilled into all of us as children. And the children agree – the same boys who throw cans of Coke at honey bees and blackmail spiders can be found in a softly lit room, allowing a ladybird to crawl up their favourite pencil.
It’s conceivable you’ve forgotten exactly why ladybirds are fucking amazing, so here’s a quick recap.
1. They are a metaphor for human aspiration. A ladybird, on your finger or pencil, will always climb to the top. (It’s a metaphor because humans wouldn’t clamber to the top of a constantly turning pencil, and also, humans aren’t ladybirds.)
2. Farmers actually buy ladybirds. They buy them in big sacks, and tip them onto their land, where they eat the aphids and till their soil with their outrageous ladybird masked balls.
3. It’s terribly unlucky to kill a ladybird. This can only mean that God loves ladybirds, because God’s in control of luck.
So, ladybirds are brilliant. Or are they?
The answer is no they are not.

MORE THAN ONE LADYBIRD = THIS KIND OF THING
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I’ve got ladybirds in my room. I know it’s ladybirds for two reasons. First, I’ve taken photos of their spots as they run along my pens. The flash gets their attention, and they turn around to look at me. Giving me a little nod, as if to say “come on, pick it up, I want to run to the top”.
The second reason is that I’ve killed fucking loads (two) of them.
The Melancholy Death Of Lady Bird
The first one landed on my neck without me even noticing it. It must have landed on my T-shirt, and started climbing to the top of me – like a difficult pencil. At the time, I was killing gorillas in World of Warcraft (see also: lack of recent posts), and after fireballing enough to learn how to levitate, I took a couple of seconds to scratch all the bits that needed scratching. A flutter, fzzt and smear later, and I had ladybird guts all over on my neck.

THIS ISN’T SO FUCKING CUTE NOW IS IT

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To Lose Two Ladybirds Is Beginning To Look Like Carelessness
I caught the second one after a shower. I threw my towel towards my bed, and the second I loosened my grip, I saw a ladybird basking in the growing shadow of my soggy afterwash. I didn’t want more guts on my towel, so I lunged to grab it. This un-coordinated action knocked a can of Red Bull and a small stack of CDs off my desk, and whipped the ladybird to death.
Naked, suprised, and weapon in hand, I felt like the worst kind of locker-room bully. What kind of monster would towel-whip a ladybird? What kind of naked monster would do that?
My Truce With The Unknowable Menace
Since then, I’ve decided to leave them be. I don’t have what ladybirds want, and I don’t know what they’re scared of. If I was living in a cartoon, I’d try leaving a trail of aphids to the garden. But if life were a cartoon, they’d be attracted to the delicious traces of Lemon Source shampoo on my pillow. I don’t have to tell you how these things work; you’ve all swapped signposts around to get your pursuers to drive into a canyon. But even thinking this way means I’ve now imagined resting my head on a pillow-slip filled with hundreds of ladybirds. I’ve imagined it thirty times since starting this paragraph. It’s like a fucking ladybird has crawled into my ear, and it’s steering my brain.

This morning, I felt something fall onto my back, and I jerked to my feet. Having an unquantifiable number of ladybirds in the room where I dream – mainly about ladybirds – isn’t helping. I looked around. Nothing. Then I looked up, in that slow way that people usually look up when a Godzilla has just stamped on their car. And I saw a ladybird, sitting on my lightshade. Was it… throwing things at me? I can’t bring myself to quite believe it was squeezing off some eggs into my hair, but something definitely dropped from above, from where that ladybird was sitting.
That kind of shit in a trucebreaker, you big spotty bitch, and remember that I’m millions of times heavier than you are. And remember what I did to your friends. I killed them by accident; if I put my mind to it, I could be your fucking scourge.

RIP SALLY YOU WERE A LADYBIRD OF THE OLD SCHOOL

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9 thoughts on “I Thought Ladybirds Were Supposed To Be My Friends

  1. captain_plastic

    When I’m typing and angry at the same time, I make spelling mistakes. You made loads (two) of them. You must be furious.

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  2. Marquischacha

    Did you note the distinctly unsettling sound of the process of crushing a ladybird? Popping those red shells is like gnashing a pringle underteeth. Kind of.
    I hope you dream of pringles as well now, Log.

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  3. SickONut

    Log, you really ought to have worked out by now that the ladybirds are coming from you. You bud them off in your sleep through pores in your skin. About 12% of the world’s population do it, though the rate varies a great deal in different areas. In Indonesia, up to 40% of people are ladybird secretors, but in parts of South America, barely one in one hundred have the ability.
    Anyway, it’s where all ladybirds come from, and when you kill them you are crushing your children.
    There, now you can dream of ladybirds crawling out through your skin too.

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  4. annie

    “I’ve got ladybirds in my room. I know it’s ladybirds for two reasons. First, I’ve taken photos of their spots as they run along my pens.”
    You know you have only yourself to blame that I misread that last word.

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  5. ladyhoova

    It may be small comfort but in Silithus there are some HUGE ladybird type creatures that are fairly tough to beat and hurt a great deal….. rather than risk anymore real life luck by killing these Bishy Barnabees (as my mother calls them) simply stay in the safety of WoW and seek vengence there.

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  6. Nobuttocks

    It’s been two whole months now log. TWO months. I know you’re a proper celebrity now with your own book, tv show, and major magazine nestling in your armpits, and are probably too busy drinking champagne and rubbing caviar into your groin to write anything funny for free. But come on… there must be SOMETHING you can post. A humorous sequence of e-mails between you and Sefton on the relative merits of conjuration spells, perhaps? Maybe that doodle of a man bumming a doughnut you drew whilst on the phone to a PR dept?
    You are my favourite humour cake, and I will gladly hoover up any spare crumbs off your tablecloth.They can even be stale, but that won’t matter because they’re yours. YOURS!!! Don’t you see? I’m your little obsessed whore, who will put up with anything as long as I get to imagine I’m stroking your belly whilst reading it.
    Mmm….. log belly.

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