My babies come home tomorrow for Thanksgiving week, tattoos and all! Yep, that's right, our two college boys each have a tattoo and before you judge or gasp or say, "Why in the world is Andrea ok with that?", let me explain a thing or two.
You probably already know this from the blog, but our boys are pretty darn good! Yes, they are not perfect, and their antics can drive me crazy at times, but they are sweet, respectful and ambitious boys who usually have a pretty good head on their shoulders and if they don't, they're quick to ask us all the right questions.
It all started with the sweet guy!
A few months before his 18th birthday last January, he started expressing how bad he wanted a tattoo for his birthday. In fact, he said it was the only thing he wanted and he thought long and hard about it for a long time. At first we were like whoa whoa whoa no way. But when he told us what he wanted, why he wanted it, and answered all our questions including that it would be hidden under his clothes and not hampering him from getting a good job in the business world someday, we thought about it and decided ok we are good with it.
Just read here about the symbol and you'll see why it is so important to him and his faith.
This next college boy, I never really thought would want a tattoo.
However, about two months into the semester, I got a call asking our permission for one. Again, at first I was like no no no no. He assured me, it was going to be on his wrist and always hidden under a watch, which he has a vast collection of. It was when he told me what it was going to be, that my heart melted. A couple weeks into his college career, he was really homesick and he saved all my voice messages where at the end I always say "I love you." He edited it down to that portion and this is the sound waves of my voice.
The morning after he got it, this is the tweet he posted.
They are legally adults yet they still ask permission, they have valid reasons for their actions and we are so very proud of them for thinking through their decisions, learning about choices and consulting us on aspects of life that mean something to them. Cannot wait to HUG them so tight tomorrow!!!! My whole family together again...Thanksgiving indeed!!
How funny are these tattoo memes!