Prompts: “I bet you didn’t know” or “If I could go anywhere….”
I bet you didn’t know that I used to have a belly button ring. I got it in the summer of 2002. The guy that I had a HUGE crush on at the time admired my friend’s belly button ring. And two hours later, I found myself in a tattoo shop in St. Petersburg, FL, holding the hang of another guy while a HUGE needle was shoved thru the skin just above my belly button.
So yep, I got the belly button ring to impress some guy – it didn’t work. But my lack of fear at the needle did impress the other guy – and he became my boyfriend for awhile.
Then we broke up.
I thought about ditching the ring – but it was a reminder of a moment where I threw caution to the wind – something that I, Mrs. Cautious, didn’t do very often… so it stayed in until July 4, 2009.
That’s the day I found out that I was pregnant. The thought of a belly button ring adorning an ever expanding baby bump felt weird. So I took the ring out. It was symbolic I suppose. I was removing the last vestige of my “college aged, care-free days” and embracing the role of wife/mother.
There is a tiny scar at the top of my belly button now – where the ring used to be. And when I see it, I smile, at the memory of that night in St. Petersberg, and that hot July day when my life changed…again.
Tell me something I wouldn’t know about you….