Tattoo Me

As I contemplated turning 50, I decided that I wanted to do something to commemorate the occasion. I felt that turning 50 was a memorable milestone in my life — my daughters were practically grown, and it seemed that my life was changing, becoming something new. I was still a mom, but my parenting life was definitely nearing the end, and I was ready for new and exciting experiences. I thought 50 needed some sort of marker to celebrate this change.

So I decided I would get a tattoo. A butterfly…to represent change and metamorphosis. I asked my daughter, Brynne, to design it for me. I revealed my plan to our family… most of them did not believe I would follow through…

This year, I turned 56 and finally, I did it — I got inked!

Following my daughters’ recommendation, I decided to go to Adrenaline on Granville Street in Vancouver where they both got their tattoos done three weeks ago. The staff at Adrenaline is phenomenal — so pleasant and accommodating. My tattoo artist, Betty B, was a dream! She patiently listened to all my concerns and answered all of my questions. She suggested the BEST place to position my tat (on my right forearm, just below my elbow) and she tweaked my daughter’s design in the most subtle way — it is still very much Brynne’s image, just adjusted to be more tattoo friendly. Betty B loves to tattoo, she has her own studio – In the Flesh Tattoos –  on Bowen Island AND she works part time at Adrenaline. Visit her blog here.

An hour after I walked into the shop, after the buzzing and sting of the needles, I had my tattoo! It is beautiful — I LOVE it! I was so delighted with it that I just had to give Betty a big hug — she did such a great job. If you are looking for a place to get some ink, try Adrenaline – and ask for Betty B!

Betty B also did my daughters’ tattoos. They each had the words “I love you more” inked on their wrist – each in the other’s handwriting. Too sweet!


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I love going to the movies. There is just something about sitting in a dark room, facing a giant screen while a story unfolds and sweeps you into another world. Now, don’t get me wrong – I like watching movies at home, too, cozied up on the couch with a blanket and a bowl of snacks, but the ambiance of the theatre just cannot be matched — the aroma of freshly popped corn, the larger-than-life images, the sound reverberating in the darkened room — it’s a marvelous experience.

So, when I saw the trailer for “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, I knew that I had to see it. (My husband, who saw the same trailer at the same time, scoffed that this was definitely NOT his kind of film!)

The movie features some of my favourite actors: Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith. and they did not disappoint. The trailer depicted a funny, lighthearted romp of people in their golden years, finding new purpose and adventure.

The characters are all endearing, except, perhaps, for Mrs. Ainslie (played by Penelope Wilton), but even her character is understandable, even familiar. Sonny Kapoor (delightfully portrayed by Dev Patel), the young entrepreneur of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful — is adorable and loveable. I couldn’t help but root for this young visionary as he tries to revive his father’s dream, even against his family’s wishes. I LOVED his philosophy: “Don’t worry, everything will be all right in the end. And if it is not all right, then it is not yet the end.” The story is a bit predictable, but in this setting, I think it would be disappointing if things didn’t turn out as imagined.

The movie was sweet, funny and insightful. (I even shed a tear or two). Maybe it was because I am, myself,  encroaching upon my “golden years”, but I found the movie inspiring — the belief that it is never too late to start over, struck a chord in my heart and made me feel excited for the future!

I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes heartwarming, funny, and sweet movies. Never mind what your husband says, call up a girlfriend, or two, and head out to the theatre to enjoy this gem of a film.

If I haven’t convinced you, it just might entice you: