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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

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

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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

      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 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

      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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      5 years ago

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

      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

      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

      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

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

      Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your poetry.

      Blessings.

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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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      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

      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, I agree.

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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

      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

      ...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

      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

      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

      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

      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

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

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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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      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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      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

      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 6 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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      6 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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      6 years ago

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

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      Erin Bower 6 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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      6 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 6 years ago from Georgia

      Right; they look better that way also.

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      6 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 6 years ago from Georgia

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

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      6 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 6 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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      6 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 6 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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      6 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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      6 years ago

      (smile)

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

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

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      6 years ago

      Or, put differently, 'never say never'.

      Blessings.

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      6 years ago

      Exactly! :)

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

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 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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      6 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 6 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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      6 years ago

      The 'forseeable' future, right?

      (smile)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Exactly!

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      6 years ago

      :)

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

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Oh ok; cool. :)

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      6 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 6 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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      6 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 6 years ago from Georgia

      It depends on what each individual guy wants.

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      6 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 6 years ago from Georgia

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

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      6 years ago

      Oh, you think so, do you? :)

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

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

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      6 years ago

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

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, I see what you mean anyway.

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      6 years ago

      I guess.

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

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 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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      6 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 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sometimes, but not every guy.

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      6 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 6 years ago from Georgia

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

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      6 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 6 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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      6 years ago

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

      Blessings.

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      6 years ago

      YW (smile)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 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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      6 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 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, thank you and you are right.

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      6 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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      6 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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      Erin Bower 6 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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      6 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 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks. :)

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      6 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 6 years ago from Georgia

      Overall, I guess not.

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      6 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 6 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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      6 years ago

      (warm smile)

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      6 years ago

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

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      6 years ago

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

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

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

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      6 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 6 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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      6 years ago

      lol :)

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

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Lol; who knows?

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      6 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 6 years ago from Georgia

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

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      6 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 6 years ago from Georgia

      Haha; I loved how you called it classy.

      Oh well; lol.

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      6 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 6 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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      6 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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      6 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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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

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

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      6 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?