Sam plays pool on Wednesday with an interesting group of guys. There's a new guy who just joined them. He's got a lot of tattoos. He starts a story to explain one of his tats with, "I was living in Vegas and married this stripper." Sam says, "Hold on. There aren't many stories that start like that." So he carries on with how he and his stripper wife got each other's names inked across their wedding ring fingers. It was all great until the divorce. When the girlfriends weren't crazy about the ex-wife's name still on the finger. So he got it scrapped off. It took three months of weekly sessions and hurt a hell of a lot more than the original tattoo.
Sam and I don't have as good a story. But we did get wedding band tattoos. One Christmas in Guatemala when the world was supposed to end on December 21, 2012. Turns out the Mayans knew all along it wasn't ending, but a new bak'tun was beginning--the 13th bak'tun, or long count, or period of 5200 years. To make our own story even better we just happened to be married 13 years and had been looking for a symbol of the two of us and the three boys. Here it is, the Mayan numeral 13.