Thankful Thursday 23 May 2019

All I can say is that I’m thankful for all of my friends, especially Christina, Anna, Hanan and Kathleen. Tomorrow I am talking to a tattoo artist and I’m going to get my first tattoo. My dad doesn’t really care because he sees me as an adult and what I decide to do with my body, is my decision and my decision shouldn’t involve anyone else. Mom, I’m not sure. When I was 18,19, she told me that I couldn’t get one while I was living here. My friends were getting them at that time. However, I’m reading that this is the common response of parents when their newly adult children are of that age. I’m going to be 30, I know what I’m doing and I thought it through.

Last year, mom said she didn’t care what I did either and couldn’t wait for the day when I got over caring so much about their thoughts. This was when she was in a good mood. My cousins have them now and she just said, “amazing.” We chatted about it, but I was indifferent and just told her how I remember seeing someone get tattooed and how much pain he was in. She simply said, “of course.” She hasn’t added, “not under this roof” since I was 19. It’s most likely a moot point. As all of my friends said, “Jess, you are going to be 30 years old. You are of age and of sound mind. Don’t worry so much!” I’m thankful for their support and reassurance.

I showed Anna, Christina, and Tiarra the Wraith design I’m getting. They are all tattooed and said that it wouldn’t take long at all and I could get it drawn small. Tomorrow when I meet with the artist, I will ask him, among other questions. The Wraith has meant a lot to me for the past 15 years and within the last five years, it has a huge significance in my life. I’m excited and a little nervous. My friends reassured me that this is normal. This is going to be an early gift to myself.


This morning, a woman at work gave me some collard greens she made. She saved me some and they were delicious. I’m grateful for her kindness.


What are you grateful for?


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2 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday 23 May 2019”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I agree that you are an adult and have been for more than a decade. You have the right to make up your own mind about how you want to present yourself. It seems like you have given a lot of thought to getting a tattoo. I like the wraith design, and if it has special meaning to you then wear it proudly. It seems like your mother has relaxed about the decisions you make for your life. I’m happy to know it. The only possible downside to getting a tattoo is having regrets a few years down the road and also the possibility that certain key people such a potential employers might have an aversion to tats for one reason or another. I’m sure it isn’t as big a deal in the workplace nowadays as it once was. I am happy to know that your friends Christina, Anna, Hanan, Kathleen and Tiarra are all being supportive. I hope your mom and dad continue to be supportive as well.

    I hope your body art turns out exactly as you want tomorrow and that it gives you a psychological boost. Have a happy Friday and a great weekend, dear friend JM!


  2. Hi Shady,

    I’m going to get it on my back, below my bra line so no one can see it except for me and some friends when I’m at the beach. As is the deal with my piercings, I keep most hidden. The only visible piercing is my nose, but I can make it tasteful. I try to keep as professional as possible. 🙂


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