The young lady sat in the chair with her eyes closed.  “Aren’t you going to look at it” the older woman asked?  She too was in a chair behind the counter at the tattoo shop.  “I’m afraid if I watch it will hurt.”  The woman chuckled a little, “it really doesn’t hurt.  And these are just such small tattoos you will be done so fast there is not much to watch.”

The lady slowly opened her eyes and gave out a little squeal, “It kind of tickles.”

“See I told you and look, he is already done with mine.”  She held out her arm for the lady to see.

“It is so cute,” the lady said.  And just as quick hers was done.  They had gotten matching frog tattoos on their arms, mother and daughter.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – tattoo

Mumbles… #SemicolonDay2018

Today is an important day to me. It is a day where I celebrate my future. It is World Semicolon Day.

For those of you who do not know, this day is a day for suicide and mental health awareness. The semicolon represents a pause, and like in writing it is not the end of the story. I have struggled with anxiety and depression for more than 10 years now. While I never made an active attempt, I have had suicidal thoughts. I spent a night in the hospital because I was scared of the pills I had on the table beside me. I recognized I was in trouble and got help.

I wear a semicolon on my wrist today in support of others who have struggled. I wear it in honor of two friends who have both been to that point of desperation. For now it is just a temporary mark, but one day I hope to sit at the tattoo parlor and hear them crank up a needle machine for me again.

Do what you can to help someone continue their story. If you know someone who struggles with depression sometimes just being there can make the difference on a bad day. Recognize the symptoms of mental illness and suicide. To learn more go to Project Semicolon  or Lifeline  .

Your story is important and it is NOT over yet!

Always remember 911 for an emergency situations and (in the US) the suicide prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

7 Days 7 Photos – A Black And White Challenge Day 7

Once more I want to thank Stella at Giggles & Tales for challenging me … this has been a lot of fun!

Seven days, seven photos rules

  • Black and while photos
  • Photos of your life
  • No people
  • No explanation
  • Challenge someone each day


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Today I challenge… everyone!  No seriously, I don’t want to leave anyone out so please feel free to join in this challenge and take a different look at things in your life.  Black and white can create such a different mood to a photo.  Even if you have never considered yourself much of a photographer you can still join in on the fun!