The Southern Cross on his Arm

“Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.”
―     Jack London

Happy 3rd Advent, everyone!

We’re slowly approaching Christmas and without wanting to put too much emphasis onto presents, this week’s question is “What’s the weirdest present you’ve ever received?”

Yes, I have to admit, I’ve received weird ones, but honestly, they must’ve been overly weird, because I’ve forgotten about them – Of course I’ve received the knick knack “Kriss Kringle” presents, which when you unwrap the little parcel you go “What the?” in your mind. The knick knack that you put somewhere in the furthermost corner of your cupboard or shelf.Southern_cross_icon

The “weird” present I want to tell you about today, though, was from my husband. In all fairness, it wasn’t actually weird, more … hmm … unexpected, and not quite sure what-to-do-with-it-present: a voucher for a tattoo. Yes, a tattoo voucher. Don’t faint, I liked the idea. Actually, I’d got a tattoo already and had always thought I’d like to have another one. But … the pain … the design … the time … the “location”. I never got to decide on all of them with a definite “Yes”, it was just one of those “unaccomplished ideas”. And then I got the voucher. Ack! The pressure was on. I’m usually very good with pressure. If everyone lets me winge a bit, I work best under pressure.

What to do with the voucher … what to decide?

Well – I decided to return it to my husband. I’m still very thankful that he wasn’t angry, but understood. It’s not like you can put these pictures onto your body and after five years wipe it off, is it. Anyway, a real nice tattoo of the Southern Cross now decorates his arm 🙂

This is your chance … tell us about this really weird present you received once!

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About Iris B

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her dog. Next to her job at a private school she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio
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10 Responses to The Southern Cross on his Arm

  1. LOL – I got a new tattoo this weekend! 🙂 I don’t get a lot of weird gifts, but man, I get a lot of repeat gifts. My grandmother has given me a beautiful, ornate box – twice now. My mother has given me a popcorn popper – twice now (that one was twice in a year! One for Christmas, one for my BD!) Oh – my son did give me a cake mix last year for Christmas… that was weird…
    🙂

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    well, I’ve had some lulus… but I can’t tell you my oddest gift until Hound Day on Thursday.
    Iris, I’m glad your hubby was not offended that you returned his gift.

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    • Iris B says:

      Lulus ?? LOL, love it …. cant’ wait to read Thursday’s post!
      Yes, hubby’s good when it comes to those things 😉 I reckon he’d’ve been offended if I hadn’t liked a present he “chose” as in opposed to “just” a voucher. 🙂

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  3. I’ll have to give it some thought to come up with a Friday post, but I am intrigued with the Southern Star.I have never seen it;I hear it is glorious to behold….and I never thought to ask. HOW you ended up in Australia, or where your husband hails from.

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  4. pjharjo says:

    I’ve heard that one should always accept a gift, whether wanted or not, because it is as much a gift to the giver as it is to the receiver. But, it appears you made the right decision, Iris. 🙂 I’m sure that cross on your hubby’s arm is a gift that keeps giving! 😉

    I’m like you afa tattoos are concerned. Pain or not, I’ve never liked the idea of wearing something I could never take off again (without more pain, anyway). 🙂

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    • Iris B says:

      I wholeheartedly agree, Janette, you’re given a present, you treasure it, no matter what, but I had to make a decision and it didn’t come easily.
      Oh, you got me wrong about having a tattoo, nicely done (and in moderation!) I find they can be quite “sexy” 😉 I actually have one on my shoulder blade 😉

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