1. the belief that the soul, upon death of the body, comes back to earth in another body or form.
2. rebirth of the soul in a new body.
3. a new incarnation or embodiment, as of a person.
A friend of mine lost her mother a few years back. Her mother loved ladybugs; since then, my friend has gotten a ladybug tattoo in honor of her mother, bought a red Volkswagen Beetle, and has spotted ladybugs in the oddest of places.
We all decided that these little friends were actually visits from her mother; a reincarnation, transformed into one of her favorite things.
Every time I spot one near me, I snap a photo and send it to my friend. As I was loading things into the backseat of my truck today I spotted the pretty little lady in the picture up there ^. I said my hellos and let her cruise around my hand for a while. But when it came time to say goodbye, she suddenly froze in place and I swear I felt a little sting on my palm.
She bit me! She really did. I didn’t know ladybugs could bite. But it happened. And now I’m traumatized.
I gave a little yelp and flung her to the ground – but she was alright. I immediately apologized to what was possibly my friend’s mother just stopping by to say hello, then continued on my way. I hope no one heard me mumble, “Sorry!” to an insect.
Yahoo! Answers says Asian lady beetles bite. I didn’t get a chance to ask this one if she was Asian, ’cause I couldn’t tell by looking at her.
I’ve pondered my view on reincarnation before. A few times in the past few years I’ve had butterflies land on me. When I was 17 one flew into the store I was working in, and I could not un-attach it from my pants for hours; I thought it must be injured. But when I took it outside, it flew away with no issues.
Grandfather? Great grandmother? Some other ancestor? Or maybe just a simple butterfly.
No one can prove if there is any truth behind reincarnation. But isn’t it nice to think that the frequent visits from a ladybug or butterfly are a family member checking in? It’s nice to imagine that they never actually leave us.
Has anyone else had any run-ins with an insect or animal or maybe even another human being that seems more than coincidental?