Today is Ladybug’s 15th birthday. She is possibly the most joyful person I know and I am so honored to be her mom. Her best friend, Emily, wrote a character sketch about Ladybug that made me laugh, so today I’m going to share parts of it with you.
Does life sometimes feel monotonous? If it does, then you should probably befriend Ladybug. This isn’t hard considering that she’s known for her bubbly, extremely extroverted, and cheerful personality. Once you have her as a friend, your life will quickly go from being a bore to chock full of the adventures that she manages to pack into everything, from making pancakes to 13-hour car rides.
Some people say that if you’re an optimist, the glass is half full, but I guess Ladybug drinks her water slowly, because as long as I’ve known her, her glass has always been three quarters full. Upon your asking how her day was, she will invariably tell you that it was at least “great!” if not “fantastic!” or “the best day ever!” (which was also yesterday, and the day before). Then she’ll proceed to tell you why it was so amazing, and, even if she only cleaned the kitchen, her enthusiastic response always makes the most exciting things pale in contrast. Besides her optimism, Ladybug’s great claim to fame is that, according to the Meyer’s-Brigg test, she is 96% extroverted. To her, any stranger is fair game for a conversation on bucket list items, or just to be her newest friend…
…If something isn’t an adventure yet, Ladybug will make it one. Sitting in the backseat while your dad pumps gas in seemingly dull Kansas? It must be time to sprint top speed into the gas station to ask if Kansans have southern accents. Sleeping under the stars isn’t fun enough? Then get up at three in the morning and jump in the hot tub. Need a good way to celebrate New Year’s? Ladybug’s solution: sledding down the hill at midnight in your pajamas.
Optimistic. Friendly. Fun. If you looked those words up in a dictionary, they’d all have Ladybug’s picture next to them. But despite the fact that she’s always on the lookout for new friends, Ladybug stays loyal to the friends she already has and sticks with them through the thick and thin. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like Ladybug, and, for me, life without her wouldn’t include nearly as many laughs, long talks, or adventures.
There you have it! Ladybug is a joy. I wish I could say that she got her enthusiasm for life from me, but I pale in comparison. Today Ladybug is taking care of her younger siblings while Russ and I are in Montana at a parent event for Dimples. I am very sad not to be with her today, but look forward to celebrating soon.