Last year on our anniversary Ben and I got our wedding rings tattooed on our fingers.
The three rings symbolized three years of marriage. We planned to get a new ring each year, but ultimately that idea was unsustainable because our fingers aren’t long enough for all the years we plan to live together.
So the plan changed.
We decided instead to write the story of our lives on our backs.
The plan is to pick a symbol each anniversary that represents the year and our lives in some way and to, over time, create something akin to a page from a spell book on our backs, telling the story of our life and love.
This (the first) year of our project we decided to choose a rune Ben invented when he was twelve. The letters spell: CRAW.
Craw is an undead dragon from a personal role playing game Ben and I are playing together. Currently Craw is a bit of a villain, but I hope to befriend him (as my paladin character Nectar Sweetums) and turn around his heart to the side of goodness in the end. Either way, he lives on our backs now, as part of our story and our journey.
The symbol represents more than Craw though. It represents Ben’s early creativity and the recent re-emergence of that creativity in the form of gaming. It represents Ben and I playing together in a world all our own and it also represents my own emerging creativity and endeavors to reclaim my inner paladin (hero) after a rocky road in the past.
I can’t wait to see what the next year with my sweet, awesome husband will bring!