Today I did something I swore I would NEVER, ever do.
I’ve always been the one who never understood how anyone could decide to have anything permanently emblazoned on their body. How do you make a commitment like that? What if you don’t like it? What if it turns out wrong? What if life changes and it doesn’t apply anymore — if things are different and you’re stuck forever with this mark of what used to be?
It was just a very odd concept for me.
But, this afternoon I joined the ranks of those who had faith that their lives would never change enough to make their ink irrelevant. I had been thinking over the last couple of months WHAT I could “get” for my husband for our 12th wedding anniversary that is coming up in a few days that would MEAN something. He got a tattoo not long after we got married of a cross that covers the top left quarter of his back with my name written from one end to the other…
I thought — what if I got a tattoo based on a cross with HIS name in it? Then the idea just grew from there.
Halfway through getting my tat, I already knew I was in love. Lew from Timeless Tattoo in Atlanta (Buckhead) did an AMAZING job at taking my sketch and turning it into a forever symbol that depicts my entire life story. This evening, after I took the bandage off I couldn’t stop looking at it — it is beautiful and meaningful and no matter what changes in my life, what it symbolizes will always be relevant and close to my heart.
The names of all of our children – Briyana, Tre, Tia, Ava, Zoe, Kylan, Kaleb – make up a cross around the infinity symbol that is the basis for the heart which contains mine and Barry’s names — the numbers below (6-7-1) signify the date we got married (June 7, 2001) and the number 7 is inside the bottom of the infinity symbol because of a couple of reasons – it is the number of children we have AND it is the Biblical number that symbolizes perfect completion.
This ink means so much to me and I couldn’t possibly love it more :)
This is the sketch that I made of what I wanted: