"Momma, Momma, look at what I found" she whispered as she held her cupped hands high. There was a smile on her face and a twinkle in her clear blue eyes as she looked up into the deep brown eyes of her Momma.
"What is it? What did you find?" she asked.
"Here Momma, look" she whispered.
Taking her tiny cupped hands in her own, she marveled at the differences. She slowly spread her tiny hands apart, revealing the itty bitty red with black spotted creatures carefully held inside.
"It's a ladybug*. See! Isn't is cute? her name is Gem Hunt" the little girl said.
"It is very cute. Why don't you go find a plant for it to live on. You cannot take it out with us" her Momma told her.
"Please Momma? I'll hold it between my hands like this. It can't get cold if I hold it".
"It's way too cold out today, it will freeze".
A few minutes later, the little girl reappeared carrying a yellow and green container.
"Look Momma, I found it a home. It can come with us now" she smiled.
"That's a great house for it, but I'm afraid it still won't keep it warm".
"Oh" she frowned.
"Here, let's leave it here and it will be waiting when we come home".
Carefully, they set the container on the counter top.
Hand in hand, the little girl and her Momma walked out into the chilly air. And the ladybug waited.
* What a difference a year makes! Moe is finally not afraid of ladybugs!