I recently attended a family celebration. A large number  of the guests were young teens. A talented friend of my eldest grandson was hired to hand paint temporary tattoos. I decided to join the long lineup and get  tattooed.  Why would I do this? I guess for fun and to impress and amuse the grandchildren.

I asked the tattoo lady how long it would last. She said two weeks. but because of a combination of the background noise created by the DJ and the exuberant dancers and my aging ears, I heard two days. Hmm two days . Thats fine. I figured I could keep it covered for that short time, so my peers wouldn’t tsk tsk me or worse yet talk about me.

I chose a long stemmed red rose to be applied and painted on my collar bone. It was only a couple minutes before the news circulated around the room that the grandma had a tattoo. Everybody came to inspect and admire it. I felt like a celebrity.

I am getting quite attached and proud of that rose. I am  considering getting a permanent tattoo –maybe even  two or three or four  or more and maybe some body piercings . I might even buy a Harley, join a biker group and tour the country. Who says life can’t begin in the seventies!!

About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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3 Responses to THE ROSE TATTOO

  1. mycatgrady says:

    Love it….but….we had quite the heated discussion at our last family dinner in May…both Steve and I said that we do not care for them, would perhaps suffer one or two small ones on anyone we were fond of but other than that, neither of us are fans. Then the discussion escalated into some (most) of the ones we have seen on so many (mostly) young people we have seen in our travels around the various Malls,Food Courts,Beaches, whatevers and those that we find most distasteful. Then the conversation morphed into getting a job for young people who are sporting some increasingly strange/offensive to our/business persons eyes… tatoos/piercings and other forms of body adornment. What can I say…it got quite heated, our daughther-in-law was most offended at what she calls the ability for anyone to dress/tatoo/genderidentify clothe etc.,in the manner in which they believe to be a personal choice…Steve said perhaps if they were in a life/business style that didn’t lead to much in the way of career, it was ok…as in musicians, Starbucks clerks etc., there was great offense taken by both she and our son….need I say more…it was really downhill after that…..


    • epsnider says:

      Heated family discussions are not necessarily a bad thing. A good way to vent and learn about our offsprings beliefs and ideas. Debating also stimulates the brain or so I have been told. Hopefully these heated discussions are just that and won’t interfere with normal family relationships. I find that there are such different goals and values between our generation and the next two generations down. i guess we have to learn to respect one another and agree to differ.


  2. mycatgrady says:

    No, of course no major fall out from the discussion, just very interesting in looking back and realizing the different generational attitude. C’est la vie for sure and particularly from the daughter-in-law who tends to be extremely politically correct and very quietly (mostly) only shows her disdain most of the time….it really became a ‘very’ verbal evening which was somewhat of a surprise.


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