Sunday, March 14, 2010

Raising Eyebrows

     Never in a million years would one have guessed where Dan and I were hanging out late Friday night. Our friends "JR" and Traci were showing off their tattoos to us a few weeks back.  I made an error in judgment by telling them I had wanted to have some permanent makeup done.  They encouraged me to take the leap promising they would be there for me.  There was talk about how tattooing releases endorphins and actually feels good.

     Ironically enough, before chemo, I had made several trips for electrolysis treatments on my overly thick eyebrows.  Post chemotherapy I have found what I use to see as a nuisance would now be considered a luxury.  My hairdresser admitted after wrestling with my thick curly locks for years, never would she dream of me with thin hair, and sparse eyebrows and eyelashes.  Self esteem issues present themselves in the most unlikely ways.  So as a friend once said, "What God hath not wrought, we bought." 

    As promised, along with my husband, our friends showed up to cheer me on.  Apparently my body does not produce endorphins.  It was not entirely a euphoric experience for me.  As Tabitha, the sweet artist chatted cheerfully and buzzed away, I began to rethink the friendship thing.

     Seriously, it was not too terribly painful.  I was so excited to see the finished work, but also a bit taken aback to see "hair" on my brows again.  Tabitha is very meticulous and caring in her work.  Would I do it again? Absolutely I would!  A few minutes of mild discomfort far out weighs the constant pale chemo appearance staring back at you. 

    "JR" says you can't have just ONE tattoo.  Dan and I decided that perhaps a suitable tattoo for each of us could read, "If found, please return to owner."  Does anyone want to volunteer as our emergency friend?

    My husband did express one last concern.  "Maybe we shouldn't let it be known to all of our conservative cohorts that we were hanging out with the "tattoo people."  It might just cause some raised eyebrows."

See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Isaiah 49:16


JR said...

Ah what an enjoyable thing it is to be Inked!

traci said...

Hey Linda.. I just wanted you to know that I wouldnt have been anywhere else Friday night except there with you. I am so proud of you and so happy that you had this done. I
When I saw you at church today it made my heart smile because you were carrying yourself so differently and your smile never went away! i love you so very much and I am so blessed to have you and Dan in my life.. Thank you for all that the both of you do and I pray that God blesses you both with all the desires of your heart!
In Christ love <><