OK, so I know the 'cons', but it's not going to scupper any modelling/ballerina/joining the police dreams, ruin my wedding photos or get me in with the wrong crowd; I can live with the odd look and bit of attitude come the summer!
The 'ahope' is our initials, the swallow for love, family and home; my Mum's father was in the navy, and my Dad has done more than 5,000 nautical miles; the needle and thread need no explanation.
So why now, other than mid-life crisis? Because quite frankly so many sad, bad, horrible things happened this year, that I wanted to take back a bit of control, do something for me before it's too late, live for the moment and not worry about how it might look in 30 years time. I am sure there will be a lot worse things to worry about than a bit of saggy grey skin when I'm 75! Heck, if that is all that's bothering me, I will be blessed! I have also lost 3 stone since January, and this is just another part of the new, back to the old, me.
I don't need to justify anything, but I can.
I am already thinking that I may add to it; I need flowers, maybe a button or two, how about a circle of flying geese; moderation, what's that?!