He Wasn’t Born That Way


Look at that.

He wasn’t born with that.


Remember when he surprised me in Great Lakes with the first one?

Now he has THREE OF THEM.

Ross is here! And he looks like a sailor and EVERYTHING.


  1. texwisgirl says:

    He’s inked like one. If he starts cussin’ like one… πŸ™‚

    Glad he’s home and well and definitely growing into a man! πŸ™‚

  2. Mike says:

    Most everyone has tattoos these days. I see young people covered with them every day. I have read that military is cracking down on those who have tattoos that can be seen. That is when I got my first one – when I was in the Navy back in the mid 1980s.

  3. Melissa Marsh says:

    Yay! So glad all your kids are home for Christmas!!! :snoopy:

  4. Laney says:

    He looks so handsome, tattoos and all πŸ™‚
    Enjoy your Christmas with your family. Looks like you have the makings of a wonderful holiday season!!

  5. northcountrygirl says:

    What a handsome sailor you have!!! My son has a tattoo just like the one on Ross’ upper arm. Same place, too. Ross, I am so proud of you and I want to thank you for choosing to serve your country. It says a lot about who you are and the values you stand for! Keep up the good work and God bless!

  6. JOJO says:

    I am not a fan of tatoos, but it seems to be the thing to do, look at all of the NFL stars, etc thank goodness it is not Morgan! I dont know, it is just tatoos on a woman that I cant get used to. They say it is a form of art, I prefer my art hanging in the wall at home, but that again is personal thing.
    My dearest friend that lived in England was always upset when her youngest Son always got a tatoo on his birthday, but the last one–she almost fainted–it was in his back, shoulder to shoulder, it said MADE IN ENGLAND
    Boys will always turn into men, and I guess this is part of the transition now days. Every generation has it’s “thing”. It could be worse.——I guess. You raised him right– not to worry, Mom.

  7. tractor57 says:

    Please thank Ross for his service! And have a truly blessed holiday season.

  8. Paulette says:

    It’s awesome that he’s there with you!
    Merry Christmas!!

  9. Miss Mae says:

    A fine looking young man too, Suzanne…well, except for those tattoos, of course! lol

  10. Ramona says:

    I’m not into tatoos either. But some gals are.

    Glad you got your son home for the holidays.

  11. hershiesgirl says:

    At least Ross is using his spare time to collect tattoos and not wild women πŸ™‚

  12. Estella says:

    I had four boys in the Navy. Two came home with tattoos.

    How wonderful that all of your children are with you for Christmas!

  13. Miss Becky says:

    You know what he looks like to me? A MAN. He went away a boy and returns a man, and that’s beautiful. Happy holidays to you and yours Suzanne. I know you’re surrounded by love, and that makes everything right with the world. :heart: :heart: :heart:

  14. SandyCWV says:

    Happy Holidays Suzanne! Glad your kids are all there for you. Enjoy the visit.

  15. Louise Clark says:

    Welcome home Ross tattoos and all. My son has them too. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas together. Give Clover an extra Christmas cookie and enjoy your children being with you.

  16. QuietStorm says:

    Welcome Home Ross!!!! :wave:

    Merry Christmas!

  17. ladybird_1959 says:

    I’ve heard once you get a tattoo they are addictive. Don’t be surprised if he comes home with more than the three he has! My son has them all over his upper body. I don’t like them, but they’re a part of him now.

    Ross looks wonderful. I’m sure you were so happy to see him, however he arrived. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely children….oh and 52, too!

  18. Carmen C. says:

    LOL!! My son has gotten 2 new tattoos while in the army, it must be what they do in their free time;)

  19. Patsy Melton says:

    My father had those birds on his chest, exactly same spot. He was in the Navy during WWII. What is the significance of them? I never found out. My Dad passed on in 1987.

  20. Rebecca Dieffenbach says:

    AWESOME!! THANK YOU FOR SERVING! I am a USMC veteran and always always tell young people thank you for serving. tattoos are a personal decision, just like getting your ears pierced, what kind of clothes you wear. If someone else doesnt like, bugger off, it was his decision, you dont get tats for other people, you get them for yourself. I know, I have my back covered, right thigh and right ankle. I will have more before I am the other side of the daisies. Congratulations on having your family home for the holidays!

  21. Tracey In Paradise Pa. says:

    OH HOW WONDERFUL FOR YOU SUZANNE!! Have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS with your FAMILY!! The best gift of all!!
    Hugs Granny Trace

  22. lavenderblue says:

    Navy guy gots to have tattoos. It’s the law, I think. So great that all your kiddos are together with you for Christmas. Yes, Ross, kiddos. NO matter how big our babies get, we still expect to be able to pick them up and rock them on our knee. Enjoy your Christmas.

  23. Miss Judy says:

    I bet the hugs were still as good with the tats. I don’t like tats but I still like my kid that has one! So glad for all of you that he is home. Enjoy your Christmas.

  24. Whaledancer says:

    I’m just glad it wasn’t too snowy for him to get home. Enjoy the time with all your kids together.

  25. Linda Goble says:

    What is it when they go in the service they need to get tattoos. My son got a blue crayon on his wrist cause Air Force thing is shut up an color they will say. Since then he has a few more. Not that Mom is happy about it. Glad all your kids are home for Christmas and Safe an sound. Merry Christmas to your whole family :snowman:

  26. CindyP says:

    Welcome home, Ross!

    Rach just got home today, too!

  27. lizzie says:

    Suzanne, so glad you have your BOY!!!! home! he is a Man now!, Hubby was in the Navy for 10 yrs on a Nuc Sub, and also has four tattoo’s Now you have all of your babies home with you to enjoy! have a Merry Christmas, mine will be here on Friday, can’t wait! :fairy:

  28. Snapper says:

    WOOT! Welcome home Ross!
    Happy Holidays to you all. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  29. MNStacey says:

    My brother is a Marine, and has done the same thing to himself. I don’t get it, but hope he doesn’t regret it when he gets older!

  30. Rose C. says:

    So happy for you that he made it home. Enjoy your holidays with family and friends.

  31. Jane says:

    Welcome home Ross! I hope they’re treating you well at NPS? Enjoy your family time and Merry Christmas!

  32. Jane says:

    P.S. I kind of like the tats. They have a ‘traditional’ look about them… old school navy like.

  33. Shannon in Wisconsin says:

    Welcome home Ross!

    My son was home for Thanksgiving for 2 weeks RandR from Iraq….hug him alot Suzanne :heart:

  34. Yankee in NC says:

    Suzanne, my son did the same thing…went into the Military as I made him and returned with lots of ink. He came home from a year in Afghanistan and promptly visited the tattoo parlor here at home.
    (no tattoo parlors in the desert!)

  35. Turtle Mom says:

    Please tell Ross a very big THANK YOU for serving our country! We really appreciate all the sacrifices he has (and will) make in order to protect our fine nation! We are so proud of him! Merry Christmas!

  36. corinne says:

    My boy just went into boot camp last Monday at Great Lakes:(. He got a contract as a Navy diver at the age of 27…..AFTER he got his Master’s in Physics and Astronomy…and he already had a bunch of tattoos…he kind of does things backwards.

  37. rileighsmom1 says:

    What a blessing to have your son at home with you during the Holiday season!! I hope your family has a wonderful Christmas!

  38. diana in jax says:

    thank you…..tattoos and all

  39. Melinda says:

    I know you are one happy mama to have all of your babies home! Nice tats…..I’m not a fan of them but at least his are done well! Four of mine have them and the last one is begging for one…we will see when he turns 18. It’s this generations “thing’ to do. Merry Christmas to your lovely family!

  40. Heidi says:

    Welcome home Ross! I love the tribal arm band tat.

  41. ann.alba says:

    I love Good Tattoo’s those are good Tatt’s

  42. Grammie Earth says:

    So glad that you have all three of your babes with you…that is the bestest gift of all!!!!!!!!! ENJOY

  43. claudia w says:

    So glad for you that your family is all there at the farm to celebrate Christmas together.
    Merry Christmas to you, your family…four legged and feathered family included!

  44. cabynfevr says:

    Welcome home Ross!!

  45. Kim Gibson says:

    So glad Ross is home! Go Navy! (We beat Army!)

  46. Shar says:

    It brings a tear to one’s eyes to see them grown up like that after they’ve been gone a bit!

    Thank Ross for his service to our country and your family for what it takes to be the famil of our military.

    I hope you all have a VERY Merry Christmas and have a wonderful time together!

  47. Cinderbama says:

    I’m still laughing over the “made in England” remark! My son enlisted in the Navy this summer and is slated to go to Great Lakes in March. He already has his first tat on his back. I actually did the research and then designed the thing for him, took him to the place, and then helped him with the “maintenance” of it until it was set. He was gonna get it anyway so I figured I had best get involved. Somebody else will have to help him with the next one! Merry Christmas Suzanne. I know you are proud of all your kids.

  48. Carolyn D. Tx Aggie mom says:

    :sun: He does indeed look like a sailor. I’ve known many of them, been married to one of them for 24 years. They are the most handsome of men. What JOY to have him home. May YOU ALL have the merriest Christmas ever. I know your mom is watching from heaven, happy that all of you are together. :snuggle: Hug all of them an extra second or two, for future Christmases. Sailors don’t always get to be home so put some hugs in the bank for those times. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

  49. justdeborah2002 says:

    Merry Christmas, happy you have all of your people home with you.
    And the tattoos look good, well done and appropriate.

    ps I have 12 myself, 19 year old daughter has 2…they really are addictive

  50. Diane says:

    So glad you got your whole family home for Christmas!!! Enjoy your time togeather.

  51. Marianne G says:

    Welcome home Ross! I bet Mama Hen is happy all her chicks are home for the holidays!

  52. Lanette says:

    Glad he got home! Great Lakes is in for a total of about 12″ of snow in the next week between the storms that are heading our way. It’s my last real winter for awhile, so I need to enjoy it! If he ever gets a hankering for homebaked cookies let me know. I can send them in with hubby and Ross can pick them up in Bldg 1A!

  53. Cyndy Buiniskis says:

    Tats definitely seem to be a rite of passage for military kids….mine has several, and she’s a girl! :bugeyed: I figure if they’re old and mature enough to be serving their country, they can make that choice too! Agree with others that Ross has gone from a cute boy to a handsome young man! I’m sure this will be a very special Christmas for all of you, albeit a bittersweet one at times when missing your Mom. Enjoy your time together!

  54. CATRAY44 says:

    Welcome home, Ross! Merry Christmas to the McMinn household, 52, and all who dwell (and wished they dwell) there!

  55. Gen-IL Homesteader says:

    My military son keeps getting tattoos, too! What can you do?? Merry Christmas to you all! We’re hoping our son will be home for new year’s, but his ship left this weekend for N. Korea. *sigh* Life with a military person is always changing. πŸ˜₯

  56. Lisa L. says:

    I am so glad that he is home with you. Enjoy him!

  57. holstein woman says:

    Welcome home Ross, Thank you for serving. Be glad he isn’t one who gave all.
    Happy Holidays. LO

  58. famershae says:

    So glad your babies are home with you! The same thing happened with my cousin – he left a boy and came back a tatooed man. I expected the tats, him becoming a man has caught me off guard. Merry Christmas, Stringtown Rising!!!!

  59. Yendor Nella says:

    Little late to post on this but 21 years USN Submarine service 7 different subs 2 boomers, 4 fast attacks, 1 diesel boat. Hope he enjoys his time in, I did. By the way I also have 3 tattoos. LOve your writing, I live in a 110 year old place that started life as a cow shed, then a bar and turned into a house in 1955. It is haunted by a ghost cat, that jumps up on the bed some nights and is also seen flitting around corners.

Add Your Thoughts