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Something Stupid, Something Won, Something Cool

It seems very strange for me to begin this post with, "Man! Y'all do some really stupid stuff!" but it's true. I'm sorry. You do. But it's ok! I do, too! All the time. I'm probably doing something stupid right now and won't figure it out until next Thursday. This time, however, I asked you to share because I had a book and a surprise to giveaway. The comments made it difficult to choose but in the end I have come up with a winner.

I chose Heather from Unproductive Reproduction (or maybe it's actually called Production Not Reproduction and you see? right there? Me=stupid.) because it was such a silly thing she did to set out for one destination and end up at another. Thus, not actually picking up her children. (Heather's brand of "stupid" is something I would do. Maybe I have. I'm too stupid to remember.)

Send me an email, Heather! I promise to drive to the post office to mail this and possibly end up at the dry cleaners to pick up clothing I dropped off sometime last Fall. And then, I'll turn around and actually get to the post office. Ok. So email me. I'll get your book and surprise in the mail and won't tell readers what it is until you get it.

Let's move on to something cool because all this stupid going around the solar system of my brain is going to make me chicken out of sending in my application to Mensa.

Maddie came to visit us this entire past week for her Spring Break and it was pretty darn awesome. Even cooler, she set out to get a tattoo. In my handwriting.

Haven't I told you this stuff before?

Anyway, she loves the poem by e e cummings entitled "i carry your heart". One of the few letters she ever received during the open adoption we had gave her the idea for this. For years she had only seen my handwriting and never a picture of me. This, coupled with the fact that Mallory has a tattoo with my handwriting coupled with the fact that she does, indeed, carry my heart led her to this:


And now? I've written on my daughters and they will have it forever. The ink may fade, but my heart? All my children take that with them everywhere they go.
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Reader Comments (15)

Whoo! I'm so excited my bumbling finally paid off! (The blog is Production Not Reproduction, but only because I was too stupid to think about what I actually wanted to name it when I picked the URL. See? Stupid.)

Also, the story of Maddie's tattoo, especially in tandem with Mallory's, brought tears to my eyes. Just beautiful.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

[...] Continued here: Something Stupid, Something Won, Something Cool [...]

That's just like how you asked me to bring a Sharpie so I can sign my name on your breasts in July.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAvitable

double e is the shiznizzle

or rather...

double e

"hope that comes out right in the comment"

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterfuriousBall

Now I love that poem too. The tattoo? What a wonderful gesture


March 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeannie

I love love love both those tattoos but also - you have the sweetest handwriting evah. If I ever get inked with words I want you to write it out for me!

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Is she thinking about having the tattoo custom made, i.e. into an actual tattoo?

Oops! Sorry. Didn't mean to give your daughter any ideas. LOL. But, seriously. I haven't seen any tattoos with actual handwritten script. Now THAT would be really cool!

Thank you for sharing. :)

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy Webb

Oh my God that's beautiful.

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Britt

Marcy she already DID that! She took in my handwriting and the tattoo artist copied my writing onto her. She can have as many tattoos as she wants.

I'm going to have to get another one soon. Who will write that out for me? ;-)

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMocha Momma

Nice. Damn, you almost made me cry. Well, not really, but it's still really nice.

Winks & Smiles,

March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWifey

Aaaaaawwwww... [*sniff, sniff*]

You're a good mom. I'd kill my kid if they got a tattoo....

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWoman in Transition

you know, i've carried "life is but a dream" in my heart ever since you told the world.
love the one maddie got.
kiss X

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterskatey katie

How lovely - I'm not a huge tattoo fan, but this idea is really sweet. And you have terrific handwriting!

Great blog. I'm glad I stumbled onto it.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ellen

I LOVE that poem. It's my absolute favorite--great choice!!

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Ok...I PROMISE not to ramble, prattle or blah blah-yada yada....
I just wanted to quick not how cool it is to see the FULL circle of this super cool tattoo story. From both sides. It's...well? It's neat-o.
See? I actually controlled my fingers to NOT type anymore...Feel almost like this was a Twitter...

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWizzie

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