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Pause: A Poem

Updated on August 16, 2011
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How can my heartsong be played without the player of strings?


Separated from the main source of melody; the pain it just stings


Longing for more than a hug, longing for a place called home


Desiring his warm embrace, all my spirit does is roam


It shall continue until it finds that quiet, resting place


Yet sighing and wishing will not encourage the appearance of his face


The reality of waiting is difficult, especially paired with anticipation


So, I will keep myself busy; ignore the drudgery of expectation


Though it seems I cannot wait long for his warm, caring arms


Someday I will revel in his delightful touch; full of joy and safe from harm.

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      5 years ago

      Nice poem.

      What does the strange picture represent? (Mud doesn't seem like your scene; and it doesn't look smooth enough to be a tattoo - in any case, you would probably want a more aesthetically pleasing one if you ever got tattooed).

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      lol The white part in the middle is a pause button. I wouldn't say it's mud; it's just artistic. Yeah, a little 'messy' for a tattoo.

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      5 years ago

      Oh okay, thank-you; I understand now.

      (You don't want a messy one...)

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      5 years ago

      PS: But with your clear gift for deeply moving verbal and artistic expression, as seen in your various writings on here, and committed as you so evidently are to your beliefs, you seem the sort of person that would get a faith related tattoo. (But it's entirely a personal initiative, of course.) I guess I'll shut up...

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the kind words. :) Lol; I don't mind you harping on getting a tattoo, but might I ask why you are so adamant that I get one?

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      5 years ago

      No, no; I'm not saying you should, not at all. But I am saying that people who are as gifted and expressive as you are the sort of people who do get one, and a faith related one would fit the sort of convictions you clearly have. But it's all about what you want. (I think you've said you're already a bit 'modified' but it all about you, how much further 'modified' you would ever become, not about anyone else.) Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      (Hope this clarifies!)

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, it does. :) I'm still not sure about what you meant at the end when you used the word 'modified'.

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      5 years ago

      Re. 'modified', I think you've uploaded comments in the past about gauging/stretching piercings, etc. What I guess I meant was, from the comments you may have uploaded, you might not be completely new to some element of 'bodmod'. Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Ah ok. True; I'm not planning on getting anything else other then gauges and I'm going to keep them small. Blessings to you as well. :)

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      5 years ago

      Usually with a gun it's done at around 20 or 18 ga. With a small amount of scalpeling maybe 8 or 6 ga would be the 'first rung' possible, with a scalpel, I would guess, or if with a taper, ppl go down progressively 16, 14, 12 ga., etc and maybe stay there. Anyway, I guess it would be described as gently adventurous - like a little tat. (So you're definitely done reducing the gauge any more, whether through scalpel or taper, then, are you?) Blessings

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      5 years ago

      PS (Maybe we're digressing from your great poem! But if you're looking to increase your reader score with original hub material, you sound like you could write with knowledge about stretching/gauging experiences in a possible new hub, anyway.)

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I already have a 2g in my ears. That's definitely a good topic for a new hub!

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      5 years ago

      Oh 2g! this is quite big. (Would already shock some moms, right?) Not huge, but already quite an achievement, I guess. Hope the scalpeling didn't hurt - unless you tapered bit by bit. (Yes, good for a new hub!) Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Lol; oh well. It did hurt, but yes I gradually went up sizes by tapering.

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      5 years ago

      ...but the pain of scalpeling was well worth it! right? then bit by bit tapering to 2g.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I think it was. :) Although, I'm grateful I'm able to cover up my ears with my hair sometimes.

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      5 years ago

      No regrets then! :)

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      5 years ago

      (...and re. your hair covering ref., mom doesn't always need to be reminded of her dd's lobe flesh removal parlor scalpeling visit, does she, now? lol)

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      You make it sound so brutal lol. I mainly cover it up for job or church-related functions.

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      5 years ago

      Well, maybe brutal isn't quite the sense I wanted to convey lol.

      It must have been fun for you, anyway, to have proved to yourself that you could pluck up the courage to go have it done.

      (Though I bet for your mom it would still have been too 'brutal' for you to have taken her to the parlor to watch the scalpeling removal, right?) Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      PS: But re. church: you're surely not the only young lady at your church with gauges, are you...?

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      To clear things up, I actually did it the unsafe way. I tapered it myself from earring hole to gauge, etc. (no one should do it this way, but it turned out ok) I live in a small southern town, so yes, I'm the only one.

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      5 years ago

      Oh, well, there's no harm in having a cosmopolitan lady's ear mods in a small town, is there. :)

      (You tapered from start to finish, okay, but would you still recommend others to get their enlarged gauges scalpeled in the first instance?) Blessings

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      No, I've always liked being considered different :)

      That's what professionals recommend anyway. Your ears can end up being torn or damaged if you don't know what you're doing.

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      5 years ago

      Yes. So if you were to be making the decision now, you would be getting them scalpeled at the parlor, instead, to be safe, right?

      2g is quite nicely big, anyway. Not too big but just so.

      (Even if mom might wince a bit, maybe. :) )

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Right.

      I think it's the perfect size for me. Maybe she's used to them now; I'm not sure.

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      5 years ago

      Yes, scalpeling is the safe way to go, like you say.

      Anyway, you'll probably find that she once regarded earring gauges, which she has probably gotten used to, like she seems to regard even faith related tats at the moment. (Separate issue, mind; and each personal decisions entirely.)

      You think 2g is perfect size for you, then? (You never considered going for the 'magic' 0g?)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I know what you mean by the 'magic' 0g. There's a lot of cool plugs at that size, but I really want to be able to look halfway professional. I don't know what full-time job I'll be having in the future. May I ask how you came across my hubs on Hubpages.com? I was just wondering.

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      5 years ago

      Been around for months on hubpages, sometimes more frequently than other times, but just recently I must have come across one or two of your themes such as faith.

      Yes, 0g may seem 'just a number' but really: something indefinably special. If the person can possibly do it, that is. Have you bought any 0g plugs yet?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Oh ok; cool.

      Lol. No, I haven't bought any yet, because I'm not planning on going any bigger, but I've seen them in stores.

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      5 years ago

      You seem rather to like the 0g, anyway.

      I did ask on someone else's hubpage about the earrings that look simply like chunky studs, but the clasps at the back are actually gauged. I'm not sure what size the gauge can go to, before the earrings obviously look like gauges rather than chunky studs with a hidden gauge. Is it like the difference between 2g and 0g, maybe?

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I like them; I just want to keep my options open for employment.

      I'm not sure I've seen those. I think the jump from 2g to 0g is a bigger one then the ones I have 'lept' from before.

      P.S. Thanks so much for all your comments; they really help. Hubpages is my only source of income since I'm unemployed right now.

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      5 years ago

      You could always explore training as a piercer, I suppose. Since it's a subject you seem to know quite a bit about. And like. APP has a website about training and standards, I think.

      Also have you looked into sth like business in parlor supplies, such as Dr Numb numbing anaesthetic, etc, that are always looking for distributors and offer big discounts, and so on. There is quite a bit of money in the pharmaceutical distribution line, if the person can manage to get organized.

      (Yes, as you say, it's a 'leap' from one gauge to another. But you seem really to like the challenge of the 'leap', I think.)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Neither one sounds like me, but thanks for the suggestions. It was fun while it lasted; changing from one gauge to another, but I'm all done now. It's good to talk to you again, but I must sleep now. Good night!

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      5 years ago

      Well, sounds like you did sleep well, because on the other threads your creative muse seems to be flowing again.

      BTW: re. your ref. to fun changing from one gauge to another: I reckon it was also fun watching the reaction of certain people as they maybe gradually realized what you were doing?

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I must be honest with you and say that recently I've been posting poems that I've written over the past few years; just adding pictures to them.

      No one seemed to notice except my former roommate; she has larger gauges then I lol.

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      5 years ago

      Oh so she already achieved the 'magic' 0g, did she?

      :)

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, I think she's past it now actually.

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      5 years ago

      It looks nice, does it?

      Maybe it's even a 00g, if this is what it's called.)

      (So it's probably a moot point, anyway, whether it was she who influenced you to start gauging, or whether it was you that influenced her...) Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      It does look good on her; it fits her personality. Yes, I think that's what she has or close to it.

      I know she influenced me somewhat. Although, I saw them on others and liked them.

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      5 years ago

      Well, I see. Yes, I'm sure it wouldn't have just been her example that motivated you.

      Sounds like she hasn't influenced you to go further, though; like, you know what you want and how far you want to go, for now.

      Maybe I'm just a bit surprised your mom, whom you've mentioned, didn't even realize you were gauging. (But, then, some of the gauged earrings not as big as 0g have big clasps that aren't particularly visible from the outer, jewel or stud side of the earring.) Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I didn't live with my parents at the time, so that weren't there to really see them. Of course, they see them now that I live with them again. I have plugs now that look similar to earrings; I wear those alot. It's more uncommon to see people with guages in my small town compared to the big city that I was living in.

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      5 years ago

      Still, when you went back with gauges, your mom (and dad) were maybe a teeny bit surprised, I guess. :)

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Well, facebook told them first, but they were surprised. lol

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      5 years ago

      I see...like, you thought you'd 'soften' the shock a bit first, like, I got something to tell you... :)

      Your mom will probably have gotten used to them now, of course.

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      5 years ago

      So I guess they now give you plugs instead of earrings for Christmas, b-day, etc.?

      Blessings

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      No, I haven't really asked for any. Also, they would be clueless when buying them.

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      5 years ago

      I guess this is true yes. It's not something they would have been used to years ago, right.

      But they must by now be accustomed to the fact you have gauges by now, right?

      Blessings

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I honestly think they ignore them. Although, my mom likes the ones that look like earrings.

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      5 years ago

      There! she's gotten to like them! :)

      Moms usually come round, don' they? :)

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      5 years ago

      She'd doubtless get used — eventually, at least - to any tattoo that you (only if you wanted one, of course) or your siblings might get. Moms are like that, aren't they?

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I guess so. My mom still doesn't like my brother's tattoos. They try to keep them covered around her. Overall, I guess she's getting used to her 'hippie children' as my grandmother calls us. lol

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      5 years ago

      Well, I guess, are any of the designs faith-related? she might well find them easier to get used to if any of you guys got faith related ones.

      But from what you say, you seemed to have 'crossed a hurdle' with your mom actually liking your gauge plugs.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      One of my brothers has 2 faith-related tattoos if you count a scene from 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' on his upper arm and also a cross on his foot.

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      5 years ago

      Well, I see. She obviously hasn't been won over yet by them.

      And I guess that if your former roommate, with the gauges that you really like, also acquired tattoos, your mom would be even more 'concerned', in case you ever got similar ideas! lol

      (I still didn't get a response from anyone else on another person's hub to my question on the gauge of plug earrings, though.)

      Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      BTW: does your former roommate, as well as having gauges, have tattoos? (just wondered)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I guess my mom knows I'm my own person and will make decisions that are best for me. I never was one to follow the crowd. No, she still doesn't like tattoos, but endures them for my brother's sake. She has one tattoo (that I know of). She wants to get many more. She held back for a long time because of her mom.

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      5 years ago

      Well, I don't know your mom, but I'm sure she does respect you as an adult. (I don't know if she reads your hubs but if she did she would probably conclude that some of them show a serious reflectiveness often associated with an older person.) So, yes, like you say, she should know that you will make decisions that are best for you.

      Re. your former roommate, I guess that, at least superficially, the way she held back a long time before going ahead with her tat, resembles just a teeny bit the way you were guided in the past by your own mother's preferences about such matters.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      f: Yes, she does. She's read some of them and acknowledges my writing talent. Thanks for saying that I 'show a serious reflectiveness'.

      I guess it does somewhat, but we are very different people.

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      5 years ago

      Yes, I'm sure you are very different people.

      Just struck me, though, that you seemed to indicate that, just like your mom has in the past given you her personal opinion about getting a tattoo, so too, your former roommate was obviously hesitating to pursue her tattoo plan (not that you had such plans!) because of her mom's views on the same subject.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      That's true. :)

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      5 years ago

      Re. 'She wants to get many more.'

      Do you happen to know whether, like your (provisional) plans, her tattoo design motivation is faith related?

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I don't believe that they are. They can be considered artistic or maybe some quotes.

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      5 years ago

      Well, I see.

      Your own motivation is a whole lot different, then, when it comes to the design. :)

      Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      Re. 'I have plugs now that look similar to earrings; I wear those alot.'

      So I suppose that you've now gone over completely to plugs, instead of earrings?

      I guess with 2g s, you wouldn't even be able to keep your old earrings in any more.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Correct; none of my earrings can fit anymore. Only 2g plugs can. There are a lot of cool designs out there for that size, but with little money, I usually just wear the same pair everyday.

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      5 years ago

      Well, then, you've evidently very dedicated to the classy gauging!

      Some moms would be a teeny bit dismayed if they realized their daughters can't wear their earrings any more (if they even realize, that is, LOL) Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Haha; I loved how you called it classy.

      Oh well; lol.

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      5 years ago

      Well, presumably you think it's quite classy, or else you wouldn't be a (semi-)modified lady with plugs.

      (But maybe instead moms with daughters that have gauges, instead of being dismayed, can admire their dedication instead? I don't know.)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      It probably depends on the mom and what culture or era she grew up in.

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      5 years ago

      Well, yes, this is true.

      I think you said your mom was at first 'surprised' at your plugs, but, maybe instead she could admire your dedication :).

      (But what do I know?)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Lol; who knows?

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      5 years ago

      lol :)

      Anyway you said she now likes some of your plugs. Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Well, that's true. I just think she doesn't like that fact that I messed up my ears.

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      5 years ago

      Oh, but if doing it enables you to wear the 2g plugs, you think it's worth it, don't you? :)

      Why not give your mom a pair of 16g or 14g earrings for Christmas and see if she's eventually willing to try them? :)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Haha; very funny. Good idea; too bad it won't work.

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      5 years ago

      Won't work? So, why not? :)

      Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      PS: You yourself don't really regard your ears as 'messed up', do you?

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      5 years ago

      (warm smile)

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      No, I like the word 'modified' better. Sometimes I regret it because it's so permanent. Other times I think it's cool.

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      5 years ago

      'Modified' is far more classy, yes.

      Like you say, cool.

      (So you're not really regretting it now, are you?)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Overall, I guess not.

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      5 years ago

      Anyway, I hope friends and family compliment you, rather than express surprise, at your 2g plugs.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks. :)

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      5 years ago

      'No, I like the word 'modified' better. Sometimes I regret it because it's so permanent. Other times I think it's cool.'

      Re-reading and reflecting on this, some things struck me. You can get fake plugs. But your 2gs are the real thing. So you know the real thing, and, like you say, you know it's cool, so it can be faced it honestly: you wouldn't have found fake plugs to have been nearly as satisfying as the real plugs that you have now. So although you say you sometimes regret it because it's so permanent, yet the fact is that inherent to the 'coolness', to the modification, is its permanence. so rather than a source of regret, its very permanence can be turned around and valued as a very personalized asset.

      (Sometimes thinking it through like this can have the effect of settling one's thoughts a little. If this makes just a teeny bit of sense.)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, it does make one feel better about it. You make a lot of sense in what you just typed. :)

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      5 years ago

      I guess, in people's personal journeys, there are many things which may once have been seen in a different light, whether attire styles, multiple ear piercings or gauges, tattoo, etc (different people have various preferences): these develop in time and what once may have been viewed with a teeny bit of anxiety by some people may often later turn out to be acquisitions for which one develops a deep sense of quiet confidence. (Sensible, right?)

      Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      PS: if what I suggested really does make you a teeny bit to 'feel better', I'm glad. :)

      (Smile)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, thank you and you are right.

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      5 years ago

      I don't want to sound patronizing; I should say, more politely, I feel privileged to be able to contribute some suggestions that might turn out to be helpful to someone as clearly reflectively analytical and with a Christian conscience, like you seem to be.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      You don't sound patronizing. Thank you. In turn, I feel privileged that you take the time to read my hubs and write thought-provoking comments about them.

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      5 years ago

      YW (smile)

      Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      BTW, have either of your brothers gauged their ears, or might be considering it?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      No, they haven't and I don't think they want to, but I don't really know.

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      5 years ago

      I see. Maybe they do their own thing, anyway.

      Or maybe their mom has dissuaded them from getting gauges like yours... :) (A bit like how she has dissuaded you from getting tats like theirs — though of course you do your own thing, too.)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I just think they don't really want them. They are more into getting tattoos.

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      5 years ago

      I see. :)

      At least, so many guys with tats will also have their ears pierced, if not gauged, anyway.

      Blessing.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Sometimes, but not every guy.

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      5 years ago

      Oh of course not; it's very much an individual thing.

      But what does seem an undoubted fact now is that guys do both ears. Far less so now the one ear pierced thing. Doing both is what guys now do, that have it done.

      (And why shouldn't they, right?)

      But sorry if I digress...

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      lol It's ok. I guess it was sort of an 80's thing to only pierce one ear (for the guys).

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      5 years ago

      I guess.

      Anyway, doing both makes sense now. (I reckon.)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, I see what you mean anyway.

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      5 years ago

      Okay. Sounds like you're not especially keen on the idea of guys' earrings. Fine.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      It's kind of take it or leave it; it could be cool on certain guys.

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      5 years ago

      Oh, you think so, do you? :)

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I think plugs would look better on males then earrings (just my opinion).

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      5 years ago

      Yes, of course; I had momentarily forgotten; you're strongly a plug lady yourself, aren't you?

      Like, I guess, if guys are going to get their ears pierced, they almost owe it for the effective, rugged look, to have the holes as near to Og as is practical, I guess?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      It depends on what each individual guy wants.

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      5 years ago

      Yes, of course. But so if, say, your brothers wanted to pierce their ears you would kind of recommend them to go for plugs, would you?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I probably wouldn't recommend anything to them. I would just let them do whatever they wanted to. Honestly, I don't think they'd get their ears pierced.

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      5 years ago

      I guess I meant as a general thing, like when you said, 'I think plugs would look better on males', anyhow; but yes, they're going to do their own thing. (As you do yours!)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Oh ok; cool. :)

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      5 years ago

      :)

      They prefer to get tats, and you don't ... in the foreseeable future.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Exactly!

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      5 years ago

      The 'forseeable' future, right?

      (smile)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      lol I know you say you don't really want me to get a tattoo; that you are just suggesting it, but I think deep down, you would love for me to get one.

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      5 years ago

      Not for me to say!

      Re. above, I used the word 'foreseeable' in my previous sentence about not getting one in the foreseeable future, and so I was highlighting the word 'foreseeable'. :)

      Make sense?

      Re. 'deep down', I guess it's a question more of how you now may feel deep down.

      Or also of how you may later feel, deep down.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, I see. I guess you are basically saying that you never know how I might change my mind in the future, but, for right now, I will likely not get one.

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      5 years ago

      Exactly! :)

      (What else did you think I meant? or maybe you'd rather not get into that...)

      Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      Or, put differently, 'never say never'.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, that's a good way to put it. :)

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      5 years ago

      (smile)

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      5 years ago

      I saw your comment on Bettemachete's hub on plugs from some months back, when you referred to collecting pairs of plugs.

      Did you find any cool new plugs, lately?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      No, I haven't. I can't really shop for anything new, because I don't have much money right now.

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      5 years ago

      Oh okay.

      (Well, maybe you're dropping hints to your family about a suitable Christmas gift, then...)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Perhaps, but I won't be picky for my Christmas gifts this year. I am planning on saving money from Christmas to pay for Amazon or such website to publish an ebook for me. :)

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      5 years ago

      I see. Maybe you prefer to wear the same plugs every day, anyway, for the foreseeable future. Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I don't really have a choice, but yes. :)

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      5 years ago

      I suppose with gauges the size you have them, it's far preferable to keep them filled, whether with the same plugs or not.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Right; they look better that way also.

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      5 years ago

      Yes, well, despite your occasional moments when you might lack confidence in your decision to go ahead and do it, you certainly do seem to enjoy being a lady able to wear plugs in her gauged ears. Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, I like being different. :) This might be debatable in some circles, but as a girl living in a small town in south Georgia, I do stick out.

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      5 years ago

      Well, yes, your liking for it seems definitely to have overcome your occasional regrets. Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      PS: re. piercings, I know you said your longer term plan might be for further ear piercings; did you, maybe, ever consider other sorts of piercings, e.g., such as ones that can be concealed quite easily, such a septum, for instance? (Septum is a nose piercing that is easier than a nostril stud to conceal, for business/professional reasons.)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I haven't really thought about any more piercings for me. I don't think I would like the septum piercing personally.

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      5 years ago

      Another really popular one (at least, with some ppl) is a tongue piercing. It's ever so popular; even the lady that served at my local Christian bookstore had one. I guess it's not for everyone, though; a bit drastic for some. Or else there's the rather benign ear cartilage ring, as a very 'moderate' alternative, I guess, if desired. Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I don't think I could ever get used to having a tongue piercing, but I wouldn't mind a cartilage piercing.

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      5 years ago

      Yes, well cartilage piercings are very popular, too. (And see what your mother's reaction would be!) Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      PS, so you'd like it in the middle of the rim of the ear, or maybe right at the top?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I guess at the top, but I'm not sure I would want any more piercings honestly.

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      5 years ago

      I see. Anyway, I guess it depends really on how much you'd eventually like to be able to wear your old earrings again by getting more holes put it, seeing as your plugs have made the current holes too big to use. (But what do I know?)

      Re. the poem, I saw again about the 'player of strings'; so you you play an instrument at all?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yeah; I've thought about getting an extra hole beside my plugs, so I can wear earrings again. I played the clarinet from 5th grade to 12th grade, but I haven't played it again since then. I just sing mostly these days. :)

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      5 years ago

      Well, go for them, if you want them. There's nothing radical or avant-garde about double pierced ears now, is there?

      These days, grandmothers and pastor's wives have them, also. It's benign, and classy, too.

      Okay, I knew you were musical; you had mentioned that you sang in the church choir. I think (and a professional musician wouldn't say this) that if ppl are so used to playing an instrument only when they're reading the sheet music, it can have a dissuading effect. Whereas if ppl play by ear also (as well as reading sheet music) it can be an on-going relaxation. (My — unprofessional — two cents'.)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Perhaps I shall in the future when I have the funds for it. Well, that makes sense. I'm not quite sure why I haven't picked it up in years and years. I'm sure it's more fun to just mess around with it instead of reading sheet music all the time.

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      5 years ago

      ...or trust mom to do it, using plenty of surgical spirit (smile).

      Re. instruments, it's funny how we are all creatures of habit, anyway. Ppl fall into habits and fall out of them.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      lol No thanks. She is great at cutting hair; I'll let her do that. That's very true.

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      5 years ago

      Anyway, multiple piercings in the ears are here to stay, I'm sure, and they're very mainstream now.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, I agree.

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      5 years ago

      If multi-pierced ears ever signified rebel, 'punk' culture years ago, they certainly don't, now. They're now simply an extra element of classiness.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, the perception of them has definitely changed over the years.

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      5 years ago

      Well, exactly. I wouldn't know whether your mom has multiples or would consider them but it's not remotely surprising if ladies of her generation have had it done.

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      5 years ago

      PS, all interesting, but how did we get onto earrings?

      Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your poetry.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      She doesn't have any holes in her ears. There's no telling; we seem to 'talk' about anything and everything. Thanks; I will definitely be writing some more hopefully some time soon.

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      5 years ago

      I guess you mean they closed up. (While yours are really 'opened up'!) Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      lol That's one way to describe them.

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      5 years ago

      So you like this term, then, to describe what you did? (smile)

      Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      ebower: So we got onto plugs when I was asking what the shape was at the top of this hub, and then it kind of developed. Anyway, on the other thread you said you've finally gotten a series of new plugs for your 2g holes.

      A while back you also said: "I already have a 2g in my ears. That's definitely a good topic for a new hub!"

      So have you thought any more about this possible hub about stretching and gauging?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      f: I haven't, but it's probably a good idea to write one showing all the various types of plugs that one can buy.

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      5 years ago

      Yes, well, you're in a good position to go for such a hub, seeing as you're quite an expert now!

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      f: I don't know if I'm an expert, but thanks. :)

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      5 years ago

      YW; what I meant was, you're plugged yourself, and have a plug collection. Blessings.

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