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We have all made questionable decisions in our lives. I try not to live in regret but there is one decision that I just can't get past...
Once upon a time, in the June of 2003, I snuck out of my dad's house to meet a girlfriend who would be my accomplice. I decided on the fruit loaded with sexual innuendo and marched into a Buzzards Bay tattoo parlor. I left 45 minutes later with a set of shiny new cherries and a false sense of adulthood.
There it is. For all to see. My 18-year-old decision. I feel compelled to explain the meaning (or lack there of) behind this horrendous piece of "artwork" I had permanently placed on my groin. This beaut of a tattoo was not well thought out; in fact, I was on the sexually innocent side at that age and there was absolutely NO correlation between the fruit and "cherry popping." I promise.
In high school, girlfriends would give me birthday gifts with cherries on them. I had a CD tower that was painted black with red cherries all over it. I also had a glass cherry picture frame. I really liked cherries. I mean, I still do. It is one of my favorite fruits. But I also like wine and cheese and gummy worms but I don't have these tattooed on my bod.
When my mom found out about the tattoo she didn't talk to me for a month. Then I got my second, stars on my feet, and she began calling me a slot machine. I deserved it.
Anyone who has tattoos can probably relate to the fact that they become a part of your body, essentially invisible. I don't notice them on a daily basis. So I hadn't really noticed how faded the cherries had become in recent years. It never really mattered because I could easily conceal it, even in a bikini.
I woke up one day last month and noticed, I mean REALLY noticed, how stupid and ugly and faded this tattoo is. I did a little research about tattoo removal and have decided to take the plunge. It certainly costs more than getting the tattoo to begin with but often enough fixing our mistakes is a lot harder/more expensive than the act itself!
I don't regret the decision but I am ready to make a new decision and undo the mistake. 2016 is the year of undoing mistakes and making better choices! Whooop!
Cliche title? Maybe a little. But more relevant than you might believe.
I mentioned last week that I bought a house. My very own little slice of independence. On April 15th I signed papers that made me a single mortgage payer and I was off to celebrate. With Tequila. Yep, a few margaritas got the job done. Then the actual work began...
The house was built in 1850. The women in my family are products of my mother's influence, total suckers for old homes with tons of character. I watched my mother completely rehab an 1850 colonial in Belchertown, MA back when I was in college. I never expected to WANT to take on such a project but it just shows how much I have changed since my college days. Although my new home isn't a total redo like the Belchertown home, it certainly has its fair share of projects to be completed. And I am loving [almost] every one of them.
So here begins the journey of a shabby, dirty, floral, undercared for, old lady of a house to an updated space I can call home. More important than anything else, this house is mine- a house for Mads to call home.
There she is. What a beaut.
When I decided to buy a home, I enlisted the help of a friend and realtor who didn't pressure me into making decisions. There was a lot going on at the time and making big decisions was daunting yet difficult decision making was becoming familiar.
When it came to the house, I had to consider questions about affordability, repair and updating cost, solo maintenance, work commute and so much more. Did I really want to take care of the dog, baby, house, and yard all by myself. YES. I absolutely want to do this.
So, moving forward, below is a sneak peak of the first project I'll share with you...
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About the Author
I am Dom. A mom, teacher, novice writer, cook, wine drinker, and so much more- filling the internet with unsolicited stories, questions, dreams, recipes, and advice. I'll be the voice that tells you what everyone is wondering but no one wants to ask!