The cool air warmed by the sun was a sure sign that spring was near.
Bitsy was the first to spread her wings.
Millie gave Sallie a nudge to let her know it was time to get up.
Bitsy and Millie were anxious to get something to eat; it had been a long cold winter.
“I’m afraid,” Sallie said as she yawned.
“Don’t worry, Sallie, the Lord made us special so most birds and bugs out there won’t hurt us,” Millie said.
“Are you sure?” asked Sallie.
“I’m sure” said Millie.
“C’mon lets go!” Bitsy shouted with excitement.
Bitsy, Millie and Sallie all left the house together.
“Look!” Millie shouted pointing to the sign on the Old Hollow Tree.
“It’s time for the Doodlebug Dance tonight”.
Bitsy jumped up and down on the leaf bouncing Sallie high up in the air.
“What’s the Doodlebug Dance?” Sallie asked.
“It’s the dance of the season for all of us ladybugs,” Millie said with a smile.
Sallie was amazed that the birds and bugs didn’t pay any attention to them as they munched on aphids, their favorite food.
“I can’t eat another bite,” Sallie was the first to stop.
“Me two,” said Millie.
“Me three,” added Bitsy.
Their tummies were full so they flew home.
As the sun went down the girls knew it was time to go to the Old Hollow Tree.
Bitsy and Millie were flying way ahead of Sallie.
“C’mon Sallie!” shouted Millie.
Millie could see Sallie was sad so she flew back to her.
“What’s the matter?” Millie asked
“I’ll be the only one at the dance with no spots,” Sallie said sadly.
“No you won’t, you will see a lot of others your age”, encouraged Millie.
“Wait up!” Millie shouted to Bitsy as she grabbed Sallie’s hand.
As they got closer to the Old Hollow Tree, they could see ladybugs all around.
“See, they all have spots,” whispered Sallie sadly.
“Don’t worry, Sallie,” Bitsy said, “They know you’ll have your spots soon, she continued.
Sallie was embarrassed and afraid to be different but she didn’t want to miss the fun so she listened to Bitsy and stayed.
They finally got inside the Old Hollow Tree; the Grasshopper Band was already playing.
Sallie stayed close to Millie so no one would notice she didn’t have her spots.
Then she heard, “Hello, my name is Reena what’s yours?”
“Sallie”, she said as her eyes lit up.
Sallie saw that Reena didn’t have her spots either.
Sallie learned a couple lessons that day.
Millie taught her about being brave.
Bitsy taught her about encouragement and all of them taught her that it's ok to be different
Sallie made a new friend and they all laughed and had fun at the Doodlebug Dance in the Old Hollow Tree.
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