Pronounced Glan Cree. That is the name Andrew told Martin was given to him at his welcome home ceremony/celebration when he ascended. That is Gaelic for Pure Heart.
We finally got our tattoos on Thursday the 13th! Woooo Hooooo! We got them done in Derry by Martinâ€™s cousin, Michael. He does great work but isnâ€™t into keeping appointments on time. A true artist indeed! We were sceduled for 12:30 p.m. and got in about 1:30ish. WHich isn’t bad for Michael.
Martin went first. Heâ€™s never had one and this is my 3rd. Martin handled it quite well. Only once did he look at me with pain in his eyes.
I didn’t find it painful at all being done on my wrist. I’m a hard woman I guess! :-D When you’ve given birth totally natural with absolutely no drugs to a 9 lb baby girl, anything else pales in comparison…physically anyway. I saw Elatia in the nursery & thought “Get her school bag! She’s ready for kindergarten!” :-D Then I thought “OMG! I’ll never sit again!” That is why there is 10 yrs. between my kids!
As Michael was doing my tattoo I was nicely surprised & deeply touched at the insight he had about passing on. I didn’t expect it. Most don’t “get it” in Ireland about what REALLY happens when we cross. They are stuck in the religious dogma. They say the typical “he’s in a better place” but don’t really know what that means. Deep down they don’t believe it. It’s not just in Ireland either, it’s here too. My mother asked me if I should see someone to deal with Andrew ascension. I said no because I don’t now anyone here who could really help me. I would need someone who REALLY gets it. I don’t need a muggle grief counselor, I would need a metaphysical one. And the only ones I know of are in So-Cal. I would go in heart beat if there was someone like that here.
Michael really gets it. He said that I need to focus on the fact that we had an amazing 16 yrs. with him and how lucky we are to have been that blessed. He said that our life here is nothing more than a blip on our soul’s journey and this life isn’t all there is! I was shocked to here this Derry man say that! I mean, I know it’s true, but most in Derry don’t. I was nicely surprised!Â He also said that mourning for a long time is selfish, we do it for us not for the ones who have crossed. You lose precious time if we don’t move though the grief & you don’t honor the one who has left if you get stuck. Of course I am mourning for my self! I know Andrew is doing AWESOME! It is ME that misses him so very much! It is ME that is devastated not Andrew! Andrew can see me anytime he wants.
SO not only did I get a great tattoo but I got a lesson as well. Thank you Michael not only for the wonderful tattoo but for your loving insight as well!! Hearing it from someone like Michael really hit home. You’d have to know Derry men to understand why it touched me.
IT’S ALL GOOD!
BTW Martin is working on putting the official “Pure Heart” symbol (our tattoos) on a t-shirt and I’m sure all the other things cafe press has to offer.