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There’s Something You Don’t Know About Me

There’s always something you learn about someone that surprises you, right? For example, I have a co-worker who loves hip-hop/rap/gansta music (not sure what the kids call it these days).  If you met her, I think this fact would surprise you. She’s preppy. She loves Lilly Pulitzer and Vera Bradley and pink, pink, pink. But she also loves Macklemore, Jay Z and Kanye. I’ve known her for years and I still find this fact surprising.

Another mom I know is a pretty healthy eater. She cares about where her food comes from and how it was grown. But on a road trip, her favorite place to stop is Burger King.

Me? I want a tattoo. Desperately. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to designs that I think are tasteful and won’t cause regret years down the road. I want something that isn’t cliché and means something to me. I love the way they look and always love when a mom gets one later in life, you know, after the typical college or spring break tatoo spree that seems to happen.

Words or names in a heart is a contender.*

I just can’t do it though. Every so often the urge strikes me and I want to just stop into a tattoo parlor and do it once and for all. I carry the photo of what I want on my phone just in case. But I just haven’t been able to make it happen. I have no idea what’s holding me back. I mean, I gave birth twice with no medication so how badly can it really hurt? I’m thinking maybe for my 40th birthday, I’ll finally add it to my list.

Join me and ‘fess up.  Do you want or do you have a tattoo you got after having kids? What is the one thing about you that would surprise others?

* Photo credit.


  1. MediaMom March 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    OMG! I am completely surprised. Wow.
    OK, now that I’ve recovered, I’ll answer the question. Easy for me. No. I’ve never had a hankering for a tattoo. It might have something to do with growing up Jewish — tattoos are a no-no, even among the more liberal Reform Jewish movement (exceptions are made when the tatoos are against one’s will — such as with Holocaust victims, or done for medical reasons, such as for some cancer treatments.)
    But given that this is not the particular issue you are grappling with, I say keep going as you are. If and when your brain flips the switch and you decide to go for it, you’ll be prepared! (Just make sure you have the answer for why your 13-year-old — in a few years — can’t get a tattoo, even though Mommy has one 🙂 )

  2. Caty March 12, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I say go for it! Definitely a good 40th birthday activity.

    And if you need a soundtrack to listen to while you’re getting your new tattoo, I think I might know where you can get some suggestions. 😉

  3. Angela March 13, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I can totally relate. I too, have two young daughters- ages 8 & 6- and I recently got the tattoo I’ve wanted for years. This wasn’t my first tattoo..I have a few girly tattoos I got in my 20’s which I’m a little embarrassed about but I don’t regret getting the new one. In fact, it’s meaningful and very me. It’s not too visible and my girls still haven’t seen it and I’m worried what I should say if they ever ask. I like tattoos but I prefer my girls not to have one unless they absolutely want one later in life. I definitely don’t like big, visible tattoos either. At the end of the day I’m glad I did because it makes me happy and feels “me.” I don’t think there is anything wrong with a mother- regardless her age- to do something that means something to her. In fact, I see it as healthier. Being a mother does not mean the mother is not free to do what she likes as long as it doesn’t affect her family negatively. I say go for it! you live once and a tattoo will not harm your children in any way. If you want it, you can make the choice for yourself!

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