I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 13, on a van full of tweens headed to church camp. It was hot, the boys smelled awful but they sure were cute. I had my eyes on one of the smelly boys and was dying inside just wondering if he was going to sit by me, touch my elbow or maybe even make eye contact on the van.
It was 1990 and – you guessed it – More Than Words was just released by the band Extreme, and we sang it from the top of our lungs all the way there, and all the way back – probably from a cassette single on a Sony Walkman. That was 30 years ago, and the song still stirs my heart every time I hear it. Today it means much more than it did on that smelly church van in 1990.
We’ve played this song quite a bit over the years and it’s always just stuck around, with the kids too. I’d always talk about why I love it, what it means, and I hoped me sharing it with them was stitching the same meaning on their hearts.
Fast forward to March 1st 2019 – the baby girl turned 18. The best idea we could come up with was “tattoo shop”. When your kids ask to get matching tattoos with mom, you just do it – or at least I did. It’s not the first time we’ve had multiple generations at the tattoo shop and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
For our tattoo field trip, we had bounced around several ideas on what to get. So many options, and truly meaningful ones! When I said “more than words” – we all took a nano second to agree and that’s all she wrote – pun intended. We permanently inked this on our bodies, because it means so much. It’s a reminder to live life out loud, with actions and not just words. If my children want to carry this torch into their adult lives, and wear it proudly matching their Mama, I’m all in.
“More than words is all you have to do to make it real,
Then you wouldn’t have to say that you love me…
‘Cause I’d already know…”
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