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The Ladybug's Birthday Party

Lora has been a featured writer in poetry publications. She is currently working on a collection of poems that feature ladybugs.

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Birthday Parties - A Celebration of Life

This article is my response to a word prompt by Brenda Arledge. The word prompt is life. I've read some wonderful poems written by hub friends for this challenge, each one offering a unique perspective on this multi-faceted topic. Life can be quite serious and sad at times, but it can also offer us much happiness and fulfillment as we take time to celebrate important events in both our lives and in our children's. And because life is full of birthdays from the time we first enter this new world right up to our last birthday and all of the birthdays in-between, many which have brought significant changes to our lives, I have decided to write a poem celebrating birthdays.


I've chosen ladybugs to celebrate the miracle of life not only in our personal lives but all life in its amazing diversity on our beautiful blue planet. What would are lives be if not for the other awesome life forms from the little ladybug to all the magnificent creatures that fill our sky, land, and seas!


I have also chosen ladybugs to represent us in this birthday celebration as my grandson for his recent birthday wanted a ladybug-themed birthday party. I hope that you will enjoy the following poem, "The Ladybug's Birthday Party."

The Ladybug's Birthday Party

The ladybug wakes up

and remembers,

it is a most special day-

her friend's birthday

is today.


Her abode,

a sweet little rose

with crystal droplets of dew,

reflect sunlit petals

into a rainbow of hue.



Now she must hurry,

no time to tarry,

as she makes cupcakes-

vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry;

making a pot of rose hips tea,

she spices it ever so carefully.


She then tidies up-

picking a fresh

bouquet of buttercup

to place on her table,

with party favor

for little bugs to savor.


Ribbons are hung

and balloons strung

to celebrate such an occasion...

she hears the doorbell ring,

the guests have arrived-

oh, what presents they bring!


Then they all dance to a tune

that the ladybug wrote,

by the light of the full moon,

ending on a most harmonious note

as they all sing "Happy Birthday to you!"


-Lora Hollings


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Celebrate Your Life Every Day

Everyone enjoys Birthday celebrations no matter what age they are and what a lovely way to tell someone you love that their life has special meaning to you.
But how about celebrating your life as if everyday is your Birthday? Each day is a chance to start fresh, to set new goals, and learn new skills. We can celebrate each day by appreciating the gift of life that we have been given no matter what our age! We can try to write a poem or a story, learn a new word, take an art or craft class, learn a new language, take an algebra class or how about a health class or cooking class? Think of all the the new things that we can learn about. Life offers us such opportunities for growth and finding our own unique path. The more we try new things, the more we enjoy life and appreciate it for the miracle it is. We may start a whole new career that we find more rewarding than the one we had before simply by learning new things and discovering more about ourselves.

Look at the beauty of a leaf or flower, cherish your family members, give people you love a hug and receive a comforting hug in return, get involved as a volunteer visiting nursing homes, helping out at your local animal shelter, tutoring children in reading, math, writing or an academic area that you may be good at, or just cooking a weekly meal for a disabled neighbor. And how about just listening to those who just need an sympathetic soul. You will be surprised at how rewarding any of these activities can be. Helping others in need can often help us feel better about our own lives. And if we find ourselves in a position of needing emotional support ourselves and we can’t get it from our own family, there are groups we can join who will listen and help. We just need to reach out.

In His Eyes I see the Beauty In the World

In my grandson’s eyes, I see the beauty of the world and the joy he experiences when he is learning a new skill. If he has a fall, he just gets right up and continues on his way. In life, we all take falls but we often let them discourage us from trying again. Sometimes, we have to fail many times before we master a skill. Persistence and dedication enable us to learn and overcome our weaknesses. We need to adopt the attitude that young children have about life. You just have to keep trying and you will eventually succeed.

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Miracles by Coldplay

© 2021 Lora Hollings

Comments

Lora Hollings (author) on July 30, 2021:

Thank you, Mark. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Nice to hear from you!

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on July 29, 2021:

Cute one, Lora. Enjoyed it.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 24, 2021:

What a sweet story about your granddaughter. She must be a very empathic child to appreciate all forms of life. That is, indeed, a good way to raise a child. Thanks for your visit and lovely comment, Vidya. Have a wonderful Sunday!

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 24, 2021:

An adorable poem Lora. I enjoyed reading your poem and article. My granddaughter calls herself a bug lover and she wants bug toys for her birthday this year. It's so nice to see small children having so much empathy to all forms of life. The message in the article is also valuable. We need to celebrate every day of our life. It is a gift. The pictures are also cute. Thanks for sharing.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 24, 2021:

Hello Vanita, Thanks for dropping by. I'm delighted to hear that you really enjoyed my poem and my reflections about life. I appreciate your lovely comment too. Have a wonderful day! Warm regards to you.

Vanita Thakkar on July 24, 2021:

You wrote such a cute poem, Lora !! The article is about birthdays and celebrations and remaining persistent and hopeful in life also most pleasing to read.

The pictures and quotes add to the joys the poem and article offer.

Loved reading this, Lora. Thanks and love and regards.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 23, 2021:

Brenda, thank you so much for your incredible support and your awesome comment. I really enjoyed participating in your writing challenge. Your prompts encourage us to think more about our lives, what we value most, and tap into our creativity. Not only is it fun but it improves our skills as writers. I'm so honored that you had such a favorable response to my article and poem! Your beautiful words about my poem and observations about life render me almost speechless as I didn't expect such a warm reception. Indeed, I thank you with all my heart and I'm so glad to be back posting my work again, too. There's nothing to take its place. Thanks for all you do, my friend!

Lora Hollings (author) on July 23, 2021:

Thanks Chitrangada for your gracious comment. Like you, I feel that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to learn new things and to change the direction of our lives if we feel that we are going down the wrong path. Have a great weekend, my friend!

Lora Hollings (author) on July 23, 2021:

It is always nice to hear from you, Bill. I'm glad that you like ladybugs too! Thanks for your wonderful comment. Enjoy your weekend!

Lora Hollings (author) on July 23, 2021:

I'm so glad that you enjoyed my article, Ms Dora. I appreciate your comment. Have a lovely weekend!

Lora Hollings (author) on July 23, 2021:

Yes, Rosina. Children can teach us a lot about the value of persistence and not letting our failures get the best of us. The way we learn is often through making mistakes and failing. They actually can teach us much if we put them into perspective. As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed 10,000 times—I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.” We need to adopt a can do mindset and realize the value of perseverance. I'm so glad to hear that you really enjoyed my article and the poem. Your comment is greatly appreciated. Many blessings to you!

Lora Hollings (author) on July 23, 2021:

Thanks for dropping by, Pamela. Every day truly is a gift. We are fortunate to be able to experience all that life has to offer. I appreciate your comment. Have a wonderful weekend!

Lora Hollings (author) on July 23, 2021:

It makes me so happy to hear that you love my ladybug poems, Alyssa. Ladybugs seem to be popular with all ages. And like you, I also love Birthdays and celebrating them! And there is wisdom in treating every day like its your Birthday for there is always something new to be learned and discovered about this amazing world that we live in and about ourselves too! I appreciate your wonderful comment.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 23, 2021:

Love can certainly enhance our lives and Birthday parties are a celebration of those that are near and dear to us. I feel very blessed in having both my daughter and my dear grandson. He has made me think more about life and how we can make the most of the short time that we have. Thank you for your lovely comment, Peggy. Have a great weekend!

Lora Hollings (author) on July 23, 2021:

I always look forward to hearing your feedback, John. I'm very happy that you really liked my article and loved the illustration too. We are finally getting cooler temps here in the desert along with the monsoon. And I saw a gila monster out this morning when I took my dogs for a walk. And it was a real treat as you don't see them much! Have a great weekend!

Lora Hollings (author) on July 23, 2021:

Thank you Flourish for dropping by. I'm glad you liked my response to this prompt. I enjoyed doing the poem and illustration. I appreciate your comment. Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 23, 2021:

You've done such a nice job creating this ladybug universe. What a nice addition to your series. This should be quite a gem to share with the little ones in your life.

Alyssa from Ohio on July 23, 2021:

I'm so excited to see another Ladybug poem from you, Lora! These are my absolute favorite! I love birthdays, so this one really spoke to my heart. Sounds like the ladybugs had a wonderful party for their friend, I felt like I was right there with them. Your message of celebrating each day resonates with me, this is something I'm incredibly passionate about. Beautifully written!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 23, 2021:

Lora

I'm so glad to see you posting your work again.

I love this part in your introduction: "Life can be quite serious and sad at times, but it can also offer us much happiness and fulfillment "

Choosing a lady bug is quite fitting. They symbolize good fortune & the need to make the right choices in life.

In your poem, "The Ladybug's Birthday Party" you introduce us to the ladybug waking up in her home ~ a sweet little rose.

She remembers it is her friend's birthday.

You show us how she prepares to celebrate her friend's birthday by baking cupcakes, making tea, & placing a bouquet of flowers on her table with party favors.

It's a Birthday Party with all the trimmings.

Ribbons, balloons, and guests arriving with presents.

Then they dance under the moonlight celebrating life as they sing Happy Birthday.

Then you tell us we should celebrate our life like a birthday everyday.

For "each day is a chance to start fresh, to set new goals, and learn new skills."

That no matter what our age:

"Life offers us such opportunities for growth and finding our own unique path."

"Helping others in need can often help us feel better about our own lives."

You tell us if we are ever in an emotional need, there are groups to join that listen with a sympathetic ear.

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In your short story "In His Eyes I see the Beauty In the World" you tell us how you see the beauty of the world through your grandson's eyes.

You see the joy he experiences as he tries new things.

When he fails and falls down, he justs gets right back up.

We need to learn how to not let our failures discourage us.

We need to be more like children and keep trying until we succeed.

I love all your pictures. He is a cutie.

The quote by Albert Einstein is awesome.

I liked the video too.

These are great messages and I'm so glad you posted it.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Happy to see you back.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2021:

Reading your poem about "The Ladybug's Birthday Party" was sheer delight. Your grandson is lucky to have you in his life. Your other words of how to celebrate life helping others is also good advice. It is all about sharing love.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 23, 2021:

Lovely poem, and an enjoyable read about birthday celebrations.

Each day is a blessing and should be celebrated. Your article, beautifully sums this up.

I loved reading about your grandson. How wonderful to be a grandma!

Thank you for sharing this article of joy, celebrations, happiness and blessings.

Have a great weekend!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 23, 2021:

A delightful article celebrating life. I love your ladybug drawings too..and the images and video. Well done, Lora.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 23, 2021:

Any poem about a ladybug is a winner in my book. The references to your grandson tugged at my heart. All in all, I would consider this a wonderful, feel good, dripping with love offering for all to read and enjoy.

Have a fantastic weekend, my friend. Well done!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 23, 2021:

I love the theme of joy and celebration. The ladybug is just the right symbol. This is a totally excellent read. Thank you.

Rosina S Khan on July 23, 2021:

The hub you wrote is truly beautiful. The poem on "The Ladybug's Birthday Party" is very pleasant to read and gave me so much joy. Yes, we can treat and celebrate each day of our life happily like a birthday party and learning new skills each day we can stay absorbed, enjoy our time and become more efficient.

I like what you had to say about your grandson in his eyes. He would fall and rise up again, fall and rise up again- that's how he perseveres to learn how to walk. The same applies to us- we should go through many failures but persevere and rise up and be a success at whatever we love and want to do.

All the birthday pictures, ladybug drawings, and quotes are simply enthralling and I loved them all.

Thank you, Lora, for such an alluring contribution.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

This is a wonderful article, Lora. I love you light-hearted poem. I also enjoyed all you had to say about birthdays and life.

The birthday pictures are all so sweet, and I like the Coldplay song.

Everything in this article was a joy to read.

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