Hanging clothes out to dry is part of Russian life. Recently, I hung a cotton blanket on the clothesline outside my balcony. When I returned later check on it , I was surprised to see a little cow clinging to the blanket. It fluttered away before I had a chance to run for my camera but fortunately, another little cow, this one magnetic, volunteered to stand in.
Oh, silly me. I failed to mention that the Russian term for lady bug, *Божья коровка,* is literally translated sweet, little cow of God. Really, it is. Can you imagine such a name for a ladybug? Calling a ladybug a cow, not to mention a cow associated with divinity.
But then again, Russian folk have laughed when I've told them that in English, ladybug is literally, woman's insect. So whether you see the spotted beetle is a little cow or a woman's insect, it sure is cute. Say, did you happen to notice ladybugs in the headlines last week? Apparently they're an environmentally friendly way to control insect pests. Now that's not only lady-like, it's also divine.