Monday, July 26, 2010

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life…

I thought I might have had a midlife crisis over the weekend.
But I quickly recognized that I am not old enough for a midlife crisis. It’s not like I’m 50 or anything. I’m only forty-four!

As I started to analyze it, like I do just about everything (including why Phoebe sits like that), I realized the definition of a midlife crisis is to try to recapture one’s youth. That’s when I knew there was no. way. I had a midlife crisis this weekend.

Some of you may remember that I had my children very early in life. I was eighteen when the Marine was born. My “youth” was spent reading Little Golden Books and changing diapers. Not that I would change a minute of it, but that’s the truth of it. If what I had over the weekend was an attempt to recapture my youth, I would have found myself hung-over and pregnant. Um, no thank you.

Rather than “recapturing” my youth, I think instead, I finally get to enjoy what is left of it.

Meet Josh…

also does wedding photography

Josh works at Mom’s Tattoos

no one treats you like Mom

Where moms go to get tattoos.

I used to say I would never get a tattoo, that there wasn’t anything I wanted on my body forever. Well, I used to not like strawberries either, but now I do. Things change. That was also back when I was trying to set a good example for my children. Yeah, like that worked out so well. Between the three of them, there are 11 tattoos.

I had tossed about the idea for a year or so. Now it was time. I went in with an idea in mind and Josh put it to paper. After a couple of revisions, he knew exactly what I wanted. Then it was time to get started. He asked if there were any questions before he got going. Trust me, I did all my research, (one of the advantages of age) so I had no questions. He told me I would be surprised at the number of people who ask, “So, how long will it last?”  I guess FOREVER means something different when you’re twenty.

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I watched as all the equipment was taken out of sterile packs (see, ORMom, I checked!) and Josh washed his hands. The whole thing took about an hour and a half. All the while, Josh and I regaling each other with stories of our dogs. Did you know he is also a wedding photographer? To answer the question I know you’re all wondering…yes, it hurt like hell. Was it the worst pain ever?  No. I birthed three babies the way God intended; screaming and without drugs. (okay, I’ll be honest, the babies came too fast for them to give me the drugs. Dammit) So, comparatively, not the worst pain ever, but it hurt. It hurt enough that I’m pretty sure this will be my one and only tattoo. Because I am not young and pain lasts longer.

 Dawn's mom tattoo

I always said if I ever got a tattoo, it would say “Mom” because I love my mom. Let me jog your memory-- three kids, 11 tattoos?  Not one “Mom” . I’m not saying they don’t love me, I’m sure they do. That’s okay, they have my genes and that is far more permanent than any tattoo! BAHAHAHA
For the record, Josh has a “mom” tattoo, as do all three of the other dudes in Mom’s Tattoos (you don’t think she made them do that to work there, do you?)

Oh? And CGMan?

goofybuckeye     Go Bucks!

Totally had a midlife crisis.


  1. Well, what to say? I hate pain and I guess that is the main reason I don't even think about it. The Sweetheart and i don't have any tats but between our two boys they have about 10 ;}

  2. Well, since even OR Mom has been tattooed, I guess that leaves me as the last one standing without one. Do they have a Grandpa's Tattoos down there?

  3. i just don't believe it!

  4. Cute! I birthed one baby the natural way (the other was a C-section), but I'm scared to death to get a tattoo. Maybe if they gave me a baby at the end of it?

  5. I'm still not there but the Little Woman keeps threatening.

  6. Oh, that is so awesome! I've been toying with the idea of a tattoo, but wasn't brave enough to find a place. Now I know a guy! My dad got a tattoo when he was in his late 40's of an eagle, from Isaiah, and I thought it was really cool. Bring on the mid-life crisis!

  7. YES! I love your tattoo. It's fabulous. I even like CGMan's, although is he had a little blue and gold M right underneath Good for you and your not midlife crisis tattoo!

  8. Ohhhhhhhhh that is too cute!! I want one! I want one! Mine will say "I always loved Dawn best".

  9. Congrats!! I decided 2 years ago that when Jackson moves on to dog heaven, I'm getting a "Shone" tattoo with angel wings on my hip!!

  10. I think that's FABULOUS and so pretty! You rock a tattoo, Dawn with your bad, not old self.

  11. Dawn, very nice and good excellent choice of tattoo placement! I think it's sweet you and CG Man both got them together... so romantic!

  12. Hey, it's not like you're FIFTY or anything?

  13. "One & only tattoo"?? Naw - did they forget to tell you?? They are addictive!!! :) (speaking from experience...)


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