Homeless in Vancouver: This ladybug hitched a ride out of East Van

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      As I pedaled my way out of East Vancouver towards Fairview after cashing in refundable beverage containers, I could feel the hot sun and the cool breeze and then the teensy little impact of something crash-landing on my arm.

      No worries, the ladybug was fine.

      I didn’t want to flick it off my arm into traffic, and as long as it wasn’t biting, tickling or otherwise especially distracting me I resolved to leave it alone.

      For the next two-and-some kilometres I rode my bike and the ladybug rode my right arm. It wandering the length and circumference exposed by my short sleeve T-shirt but exhibited the good sense to stay off my hand.

      The lady(bug) vanishes

      Stanley Q. Woodvine

      I brought it in to McDonald’s, but that’s where we parted company. I left it on a counter top and it sat there for a good long while doing nothing.

      Finally it bestirred itself and wandered out of sight. A half hour later, I saw it trundling up a particular wall—the last ladybug I saw in McDonald’s headed the same way up the same wall.

      I only looked away for a moment, but when I looked back, it was nowhere to be seen. Poof! Gone.

      No idea where it got to but at least I know how it got to be there in the first place.

      Stanley Q. Woodvine is a homeless resident of Vancouver who has worked in the past as an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer. Follow Stanley on Twitter at @sqwabb.