Sunday, April 20, 2008

Identification not Decoration















Meet, my new pal, Keith.

You might be wondering what the heck am I doing or better yet, what the heck is Keith doing?

Well, I'm actually re-living my labor days; yes, I mean giving birth to my children - labor days. As I breathed in and out with my jaw a bit clenched along with my fist, I thought to myself, "I wonder how long this pain is going to last; how long will this take?" And, "Holy Shit, this hurts!"

Keith was so great; it only took him 15 minutes. Thank GOD. I have no idea how others can take that pain for hours and hours. At least with Labor there is the good old epidural among other fine drugs like Nubian.

What is so crazy about this whole thing is that, I really don't like tattoos; they have never been my thing. Part of me has thought that if I ever did get one, it would need to have some deep meaning and in a place that no one could see unless I wanted it to be seen.

I heard an interesting saying about tattoos on the television show, LOST. A woman said to Jack, that tattoos are a symbol of identification not decoration. That resinated with me.

After thinking about what WOULD I tattoo on my lovely body, it was pretty clear....It would be something about dancing and my spirit/soul.





























So, these are Kanji Japanese symbols: the top one meaning "spirit" or "soul" and the bottom two meaning "dancer".

I have no idea if they work together as a cohesive message of "spirit dancer" or "the soul of the dancer" but that is what it means to me. This collection of symbols represents the spirit of the dancer that resides in me and the connection of my spirit to the greater spirit of the universe.

Thank you to Keith for helping me take what was in my heart and giving it a bit of breath.

Thank you to Rob for sharing a part of your soul with me and connecting ours together in another wonderful strand.

Thanks to Rose and Elvis for being true, kind, genuine friends. The world is a better place because you are in it.

Life is so lovely, you just never know where you might find little nuggets of connection; I found it in an unexpected place! ;)

4 comments:

PLO said...

You are a kindred spirit dancer! Plus, you have a sexy back. Plus, you came over and lubed my tattoo for me today...that is so sweet. Plus, you were concerned for my pain. Plus, you rock.

KATHY said...

I'M SO GLAD YOU GOT YOUR TATTOO! I REMEMBER YOU TALKING ABOUT IT THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU. I THINKA BOUT YOU OFTEN AND PRAY THAT LIFE BRINGS YOU MUCH HAPPINESS!

Dieverdog said...

you don't know me but I'm bloggy friend of PLO's... and saw your photo on a comment you left on her site... LOVE your hair so I came to your site... and saw your cool tattoo... and your awesome words... I love what you have to say... I'll come back to read more, you have a wonderful way about you! Just thought I'd say "hi!"
(Pam)

Lisa @ Take90West said...

It turned out so nice, Col! It is so you. I hope you are all healed and have no more pain!
I echo your sentiments about Rose and Elvis too...they are just good people!
And Keith? He Rocks! That is one talented dude!