Four years ago, I had a tiny semi colon tattoo put on the front of my shoulder in honor of my great nephew on September 22, 2014 and my nephew on October 5th, 2014 ....two weeks apart they decided to take their lives, because for some reason unknown to anyone. they felt that they could no long go on with life! It is a mental illness that is often overlooked and people are unaware of until it happens. These losses took our whole family by storm! I look back on my own life and think about the many times I myself, had thought of doing this, because my life was so messed up, and I just didn't want to cope anymore. But for some reason, God continued to walk beside me and got me through.
Today, I went and had my semi colon touched up and also had a full heart added around it to represent not only the loss of their lives, but to celebrate the continuance of my life moving forward with my ex husband, meaning to me, that love and life continues! This is a gift to myself today because of the choice I also made to live my life without smoking! It turned out more beautiful than I could have imagined. This is not the image my artist originally drew on for me to approve, which was just the heart shape around the semi colon. I am in love with how beautiful he made this as we talked about our lives during my sitting. For me, he truly is an artist as he did this all freehand! And my cost was small compared to what it should have been, because he said it was my lucky day, that his original appointment was a no call, no show....I just walked in off the street. I guess it was my lucky day!