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Pam's Daily Wave...

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday from my Atlantic Life in Hatteras ๐Ÿ˜Š

After posting the pics of my blue marble on the beach, I received so many messages of hope and kindness, it was incredible....but there was a theme on the questions I was being asked -

Is that your arm? Is that a permanent tattoo on your arm? What is the significance of your tattoo?

My Tattoo...

Now, the first thing to remember is that, as you know I'm not a young thing ๐Ÿ˜, I'm proudly 55yrs of age, and for those of us that remember way back when....tattoos were not as acceptable as they are today. The one on my arm is relatively new, but that wasn't my first...

As I may have mentioned before, I was a tad rebellious when I was younger....what am I saying, I still am, and always will be ๐Ÿ˜‰. When I was in my early 20's, after much thought and consideration, which was really unusual in a rebellious character....and in me at that time - I had a 5in tattoo done on the back of my right shoulder. I had it put there, so it would always be hidden unless I chose to share it. I had wanted a tattoo for years but had been super hesitant, not because I was scared, just that I wanted to be sure I made the right choice. Being fully aware that I would have this indelible ink on my skin for the rest of my life, I wanted to get it right....and that whatever design I chose to have in ink, would be something that I would not regret later in my life i.e. people's names, funny cartoons etc.

I chose a unicorn....not only did I love these mythical creatures that represent magic, freedom and divinity, for me, they also represented my love of horses....and, are the national animal of my birthplace, Scotland - It's true: the unicorn really is the official national animal of Scotland. And, our love for this famous mythological creature dates back many centuries, and can be seen on flags and banners throughout the ages.

Scotland's Unicorn symbols

I loved my little unicorn, it was exactly what I wanted, although I kept it a secret from my Grandma, whom I loved dearly, but I didn't think she would approve. That was until my first marriage (and yes, there were 2 others, JB's is by far the best and definitely a keeper ๐Ÿ˜„), when I fell in love with a wedding dress that had a low cut back, where my little unicorn would be on full display in all its colorful glory!!!!

Wanting to avoid either a scene on my wedding day or worse, my Grandma not speaking to me, I very timidly (being sure to check that I picked the perfect moment) began to tell my Grandma about my tattoo - and although she did look a tad taken aback, she not only accepted it, but said it was rather pretty and suited me!

So, many years later I decided that I would like a tattoo that would be representative of something important in my life. I just wasn't quite sure how to wrap some ideas I had into a design. Over time, I would sketch the components that were important, but couldn't quite see how this would work until.....I met a lovely lady who was riding her horse through our farm and she had a band tattooed around her upper arm that to me looked like an EKG (remember, I'm a cardiac physiologist, so it peaked my interest immediately). We chatted, and she told me that it was to represent her love of that instant, my ideas started coming together. I wanted a visual representation of the loves throughout my life!!!!


Fast forward another few years, I have gone through some major changes in my life (including leaving healthcare and buying and running a century-old inn in Hatteras ๐Ÿ˜Š), and am ready to commit my now final design to ink. Having spent so many years in healthcare and clinical research leadership and thinking I always needed to "look professional", I was thinking about having the band on my upper arm, where it could still be easily hidden from view with a short sleeve if needed.

I finally revealed my design to JB, who loved the concept, but asked why didn't I have it done on my forearm, in a linear design, the way a true EKG would look?.....and asked the questions, "why would you hide something that meant so much to you" and "wouldn't you like to see the entire design anytime you liked?", which I wouldn't have been able to do if was around my upper arm.

JB was so right (yes honey, I admit it on this one ๐Ÿ’—), why should I hide it, I'm proud of the things in my life that are illustrated, and I want to be able to see it in its entirety all the time ๐Ÿฅฐ.

So off I went to have my loves inked forever onto my arm...although I probably drove the tattooist nuts, as I was super insistent that the EKG complexes were accurate with "P,Q,R,S and T-waves" illustrated correctly in sinus rhythm (you can look this up if you like ๐Ÿ˜Š). It would have been devastating to me to have my EKG done incorrectly showing that I was in Atrial Fibrillation ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. Luckily my design was a success!

PQRS Complex

So, now to the actual elements of my design....

The loves of my life - It begins with the word "My", then a "red love-heart" to illustrate my "loves", then the Celtic symbol for family, in honor of my incredible husband JB, my parents, our children, siblings, and my now deceased Grandparents, all of whom I love dearly, and "Celtic" in honor of my birthplace and homeland, then I have a "Horse" that depicts my lifelong love of horses and all things equestrian, then of course a "dolphin" to pictorialize my lifelong love and affinity with the "ocean"....and dolphins in particular (my spirit animal), all the loves of my life are joined by an "EKG", that demonstrates my love of "cardiology" and my career in healthcare.....and the last piece of the design is the word "Life", so the entire tattoo is entitled "The Loves of My Life".

Me and my boy Nike...

My little horse Rio that I had in England was the closest I came to owning a unicorn....he just needed the unicorn horn ๐Ÿฅฐ


My three Amigos....Nike, Sonny and Anthony when we had the farm