Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Girl with the Dragonfly Tattoo

My dragonfly tattoo. Right between my shoulder blades and larger than life, right where it's been since I was nineteen.

These days I buy conservative Banana Republic-esque blouses to hide it. Doesn't exactly go with the dress code at work. But I used to be the Girl with the Dragonfly Tattoo. I used to live in a converted church with four other girls and one girl's boyfriend. And a black lab. We threw crazy parties with Beirut tournaments (like beer pong, only with quarters) in the basement, and freaked out when bats flew out of the belfry. Yes, we had a belfry. And we got in trouble for ringing the bell. We got in trouble for a lot of things. Let's just say the police came to the door on many an occasion, but no one was ever arrested or anything.

Some days it seems so long ago. Other days, like last weekend's Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, I feel nineteen again. Of course the next morning, after following the parade route for about a mile, I felt every one of my thirty-one years. Used to be I worried about being hung-over the next day, now I'm in a different sort of pain.

Despite the aches and pains, this year has been good to me. I just hit two hundred followers yesterday. Dreamy McAgent loves my manuscript. My family and friends are healthy and happy.

Best of all, I still feel like that girl with the dragonfly tattoo most days, regardless of the time that's passed since I got it. Regardless of how it's faded.

Maybe it's time I got my wings re-inked.

21 comments:

KM said...

You lived in a converted church? That just begs to have a story written about it IMHO. :)

Susan R. Mills said...

Good news about McDreamy agent.

Jennifer Shirk said...

You know it's not everyone who can actually use the term "bats in the belfry" and know exactly what that means. LOL
Congrats on McDreamy agent loving your work!

Corey Schwartz said...

I'm with KM> I was going to say the exact same thing!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Dreamy McAgent?? I think we need to hear a bit more about that! :-)

Abby Annis said...

I agree with KM about the church story. :)

Congrats on reaching 200 followers!! You're awesome! But you already knew that, right? ;)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

That you have a dragonfly tat and lived in a church with belfry seems fitting. How very cool. And dreamy McAgent is cool on another level. *major smiling*

Plamena said...

I like your writing style : )

Joanna St. James said...

ahem I bet dreamy McAgent helps the writing flow better too

Tere Kirkland said...

Hmmm....

I think I should write a story about girls who lived in a church, except that one of the belfry bats would have to turn into a vampire, and I'm not really that into vampires, so maybe it could turn the girls into were-bats or something.

Yeah, Were-bats. Sweet.

And don't worry, y'all! I'll hopefully have more info to share on Dreamy McAgent next week! ;)

Jade said...

That's such an awesome story! I totally want to live in a converted church!

Krispy said...

Okay, yeah, I think you should TOTALLY write about girls who lived in a converted church where there is a belfry...with bats in it! What an awesome, quirky, cool setting! Thanks for sharing such a cool tidbit! You're too cool for me.

Excited to hear more news on the agent-front. :)

Elliot Grace said...

...thinking the "girls living in a converted church" is a story in itself. The possible angles to entice the plot are endless.

Glad I stopped by:)

Janet Johnson said...

How cool is that that you lived in a church! And you had a belfry? I'm seriously turning green with envy.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

What a great post to come across. Lots of good things in your life. So glad to hear that things are looking up. But man, what memories you must have of early adulthood! So cool!

Matthew Rush said...

What a lovely post!

Hi Tere. Thanks for the follow. I stopped by to return the favor.

Nice ta meet ya!

Elana Johnson said...

This is an awesome post! I love to think back to the person I once was. For me, I used to be the girl who wore crazy socks. Good times.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Funny how we change over time. I used to be the lead singer in a rock band in Phoenix. Now I'm just Mom :)

Cinette said...

Congrats on catching the Agent McDreamy's eye. Hope your other fantasies come true for you too;0)

Cinette
http://cinettesmusings.blogspot.com/

Lola Sharp said...

I used to live in an abandoned church too! (we never had bats though. That would have freaked me out. *shudder* Flying rodents are a no for me.)

Yay for dream agent loving your MS!

And congrats on the followers.

Theresa Milstein said...

We have our tattoos for life, so we should embrace them for life. I think you should re-ink.

It sounds like you had a fun time way back when. And it sounds like you've accomplished a lot lately. Congratulations!