My Half Life and Griffin Tattoo

Posted on Jun 23, 2012


Today is a very special day that doesn’t happen very often in one’s life.  Today is my half life.  Exactly one half of my life ago today, I started dating Greg.  I was 19 and he was 20.  I’m now 38 and we are still happy and going strong.  We spent the past weekend in Seattle celebrating and we took this self portrait.


Greg and Jolie young

This was one of the very first pictures of us together in 1993.  I’ve always loved this picture.

I’ve been trying to decide for years about how to mark such a big milestone.  I decided that I wanted to get a Griffin tattoo.  At first Greg was pretty freaked.  I would basically be branding his last name on my body.  But my reasoning went much deeper than that.  I have considered myself a Griffin since I was 19 years old.  My entire life as an adult has been as a Griffin.  I like that person.  I’ve worked hard for a life that I really, really like.  I’m proud of who I am, and I am a Griffin. So besides getting a tattoo to celebrate all of my time with Greg, I was also getting it to celebrate who I have turned out to be.


Griffin Tattoo


Yesterday, I went for my first sitting.  I will go back once or twice more for the shading. Rose, at the Pussycat Tattoo, had taken all of my ideas and created this beautiful Griffin for me.  I really couldn’t be happier.  The tattoo is on my thigh and it’s pretty darn big.  I like that I can always see it, yet I can keep it private if I want.  I originally thought about putting it in a much more visible spot, but had second thoughts.  This tattoo is very personal to me.  It really signifies a lot.  In encompasses all of my hopes and dreams.  I see my past and my future.  I see my incredible family of in-laws who have loved me as their own since the day they met me.  I see my father-in-law whom I still miss everyday.




I am truly blessed to have Greg in my life.  We still work very hard at our marriage and it’s not always easy.  But it’s more easy than hard. We still laugh a lot and tell each other everything.  I couldn’t ask for a better partner to walk through this life with.



  1. More easy than hard – you said it right – that’s the true sign of a meant-to-be, love-of-your-life kind of relationship. And it’s obvious to everybody around you that you and Greg have this type of marriage and have nourished your relationship throughout all these years. I’m proud to have you as a daughter-in-law. I’m thankful that my son has a wife like you. Love you.

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  2. OK, this is the second time I’ve read this post, and it made me cry both times. I’m so happy for you guys — and to know you guys!

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  3. I’m so glad you’ve been around for almost all of this epic relationship, Smartwick. :) You definitely got to see the highs and the lows.

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  4. Thanks, Connie! I’m so lucky to have such great in-laws. You are such a big part of why I’ve embraced being a Griffin so wholeheartedly.
    Love you!

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