He said “I love you”
And I felt it in my soul
“I’ll take care of you,
For that is a husband’s role”
“If you’ll marry me,
I promise not to leave you,
And as you will see
To never, ever hurt you”
“I do believe you”
Yet the words were hard to say
“I’m in love with you”
But my head screamed “Run away!”
My heart he did steal
And he heard me say “I do”
Then prayed it was real
But my soul already knew
Vowing “I love you”
To the man I respected
Meant “forever” too
A silent fear deflected
I stayed ever true
Though with time felt rejected
‘Cause when God took you
It’s not what I expected
Grief moved in to stay
The moment that I lost you
When there is no way
To love this life without you
For my husband, Mark (Aug., 1961 to Jan.,2019)
Teresa Marie 7/4/20
This is the tattoo that my eldest daughter just got in memory of my parents. Dad died December 4th, 2017 and Mom followed 2 years and 1 day after on December 5th, 2019. The 7 shamrocks represent them, myself and my 4 other siblings. O’Brien was my maiden name. What a testament to her love of us all!
The center symbol is the Claddagh which holds a special place in the hearts of our family. A little background for you:
The Legend of the Claddagh
The story of the Claddagh is based in rich Irish culture. It begins about five centuries ago in the fishing village of Claddagh, just outside the city of Galway. Men of the village, much as they do today, would go out to the sea, each day, to fish for food for their families and other villagers. The sea presented many dangers. On some days the sea was high and on others the current was strong. The greatest risk, however, was that there were pirates. On one such day, the story goes, a young man was fishing at sea with other men from his family. Suddenly, from their small boat, they spied a Spanish pirate ship. That sight, the men were certain sealed their fate. The pirates captured the men from Claddagh and brought them to the far off North Coast of Africa. It was there that they were sold into slavery for what they were sure would be the rest of their lives. Richard, the youngest of those captured, was the most distraught. All men had left loved ones behind, but Richard had just met his true love and now feared that he would not live to see her again. Years passed and several of the men died. Others accepted their fate. Richard worked as a slave, but continued to long for a return to his village and to his beloved. To keep his spirits up and to keep hope in his heart, each day Richard stole a tiny speck of gold from his slave masters in the goldsmith shop where he tended the fires. Years passed and, with his tiny pieces of gold, he was finally able to fashion a ring. It was his hope that, despite what seemed nearly impossible, he would return to his village and present the ring to his true love. No one really knows if Richard escaped or earned his release from slavery, but in either event, the day finally came when Richard could begin the long trip back to his village in Ireland . . . to his home. At his journey’s end, Richard was overcome with joy when he learned that his beloved had remained true to him in his long absence, waiting faithfully for him to return. It was on that day that Richard gave his beloved the ring he created that is now known worldwide as the Claddagh Ring. The Claddagh design appears not only in rings, but in other types of jewelry as well. The heart in the cladadgh symbolizes the love Richard longed to share with his true love. The crown symbolizes his undying loyalty and the hands symbolize friendship, which is, after all, the very foundation of love, with loyalty holding the two hands together. The Claddagh design became popular as an engagement or a wedding ring. It took on even more significance when Claddagh rings began to be worn widely by women throughout Ireland, on the west coast and the islands, where the claddagh may well have been the only major “investment” in a fishing family, an heirloom handed down from mother to daughter.
There even is a guide which explains the symbolism of how the ring is worn. If the ring is worn on the right hand with the heart pointing out, it means that the wearer’s heart is uncommitted. Worn on the same hand with the heart pointing inward, the Claddagh ring means that the wearer’s heart is taken. Worn on the left hand with the heart pointing inward, it means “Let Love and Friendship reign forever, never to be separated.” The Claddagh has a rich heritage and will surely be in vogue for many years to come.
Peace and Love,
My idea of starting the new blog was not my best. Even though my intentions were good, it hasn’t taken off and I still get more traffic here without making any new posts than I’ve ever gotten there. Now I’m going to invite my few new followers to join us all back here on What About God?
So that I don’t bore them with old news and I allow you all to catch up, I’m posting the links for what you missed out on.
God bless and love to you all,
I haven’t seen many of you on the new blog yet. Since I believe that some of you would care to know about the upheaval in & total destruction of part of my life, I am posting the links to my new blog posts. I hope to see you visit me there.
Love, peace & blessings to all,
Hello my friends! I have decided to close out this blog since it has been so long since I’ve regularly posted on it.
However, I have started a new one. I intend to do a lot of the same genre as before but without stressing myself out so much about posting every day, nor joining so many other weekly challenges; poetry, storytelling, etc.
Sebastian is 3 now and attending pre-school for special education. I have a lot of hectic activity already in daily life, that’s enough for me.
The new blog link is: mindexplosion819728067.wordpress.com
Stop by and say hi whenever you have time!
Love, peace & blessings for you all, Teresa