Day 27 #NHBPM: I bet you didn’t know….

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….

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