34 will be a good year.

Happy Birthday to me!  Yesterday!

I gave myself a pretty major present:

inkIt’s Orion, and I’ve been carrying around the drawing, and even drawing it on my arm in sharpie to test it out, for 13 years.

I thought it was high time to take the plunge.  Orion is kind of like a compass to me, in literal ways (as in, it’s easier to find than any other constellation, and if you follow the lines, you can easily find other major constellations), and more ethereal ones (I always would gaze at it when driving back to college from the town where I grew up, and it would keep me awake.  I also can’t usually see it in the city, so it sort of reminds me of home, too).  I also love that there have been more stories from more ancient cultures that explain this constellation- and they’re all so different!  There is an aboriginal explanation that talks about fishing for forbidden fish, and the fishermen and their canoe being part of the picture.

Tonight at dinner, Sage was asking me all about it.  She said, “that’s a cool tattoo, mom, what is it a picture of?”  I explained that it was stars in the sky, and that people a long time ago used to make up stories about the shapes they could see in the stars.  I showed her Orion’s belt, and she said, “no, that’s the necklace.”

If you look at it this way, you can see Sage’s bird:

sageinkAnd the belt, in this case, is the bird’s necklace.

I love this kid.

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