Next week I will be twenty nine and one half.
Does it make me a word person and not a number person when I spell out the number vs. using the actual numbers? Hmmmm
When I was a teenager I wanted to get a tattoo. I remember going through all the options. I could get something cutesy like a little turtle on my ankle, or perhaps something that spoke of my love for music or theatre. I considered something "Christian" like a cross or edgy like thorns or barbed wire. I even had a fleeting moment where I considered something trendy like Chinese characters.
See, the problem is, when I was a teenager EVERYONE was getting tattoos and I will admit, that made me not want to get one. Not only that, every adult told me I would regret it if I got one...of course that just made me want one even more, just so that I could prove them wrong, but that was too trite and I was not willing to scar myself permanently just to prove a point. So I decided that if I really wanted a tattoo I would wait. I would wait until I was an adult and could make a grown-up decision I would not regret - I would wait until I was past what was considered juvenile and could therefore choose something that would represent myself as an adult as apposed to myself as a child/adolescent. I would wait until I was 30.
Wait...there I wrote the number instead of spelling it. What does this mean!?! Heehee, I like over- analyzing things. It's fun.
So anyhow, I am almost twenty nine and one half (maybe it is the half thing. Harder to understand in number form unless you know how to do the tiny numbers...I don't) Which means I am almost 30 (see?) and I have decided I still want one.
Is 30 old enough to make this decision? I don't really feel much older then I felt at 18.
Anyhow, that means I need to start planning this. I do still want a tattoo, but not a cutesy turtle or anything. I want one that represents my kids, one that is either highly and beautifully complex, or very simple and elegant. I want something on either my shoulder/back or my upper arm. Something I can completely cover up. I don't want it too big, but I also don't want it to look miniature.
I have three ideas so far.
One idea is a tree. I like trees.
there are a lot of tree tattoo's. But there are not very many tree tattoo's I like. I like a tree because it represents life and friendship to me. My best friends of all time used to say "a good friend is like a strong tree." And it would be easy to weave my kids names among the branches.
My second idea is cherry blossoms.
My third idea is a ship.
I wrote an entire post on my love of ships just a little while ago. And again, easy to get my kids names in there. I want the names in there cleverly. Not just written in plain sight. Does that make sense?
I think I need the expert advice and artistic talent of my beloved friend Zinah. Help! I have 6 months to find an artist, design the tattoo and save up for it. Any and all input and advice is appreciated. I have no experience with this so I really don't know what I should be looking for. That is...unless I become to old for it in the next few months. Hey, you never know. I could bend over and become crotchety overnight. Crotchety old woman don't get tattoos. They are far to mature.
Well, since my baby is awake and this post has been written with one hand I will keep it short...