This little piggy…

I know I teased you yesterday by mentioning the new, custom logo for this little blog but not unveiling it until now. I’d say I’m sorry but it would be insincere. There are so few things over which I have control on this “cancer journey,” so when I can control something, like the timing of an unveiling, I will do it and do it unabashedly.

But now, without further ado, I give you the official logo of The Pink Underbelly. 

There’s a lot of meaning contained in this little piggy. It’s a visual representation of the long & winding road that is my “cancer journey.”

The pig carries weight because it’s pink, the international visual cue of breast cancer. But more importantly, because pigs are very popular and prevalent animals in our house. Macy has loved pigs since a very young age and has fueled that love affair for all of her 9 years. Most little girls love horses or kittens or teddy bears, but my independent-thinking, devil-may-care girl marches to her own beat (usually loud and heavy-metalish. No Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus for her). Her love of pigs is so all-encompassing that several friends of mine have presented her with pig trinkets, from pens to tiny flashlights to coffee mugs, that they’ve seen out & about while doing their daily work or running errands, and when they see a pig, they think of Macy. Love that.

David, my art consultant for this little blog, put a lot of thought into the pig’s tattoos. Since he did the heavy lifting, he should get to explain it:

“The angel wings are for Barb (cuz I believe in them), but I also added a MOM heart (cuz you don’t).  The USDA bacteria free logo is to celebrate your being taken off antibiotics.  The breast cancer awareness ribbon is frayed on the ends to represent your struggle.  The barbed wire (also a Barb reference) is just to be a bad-ass.  The slope-intercept formula, I added for sentimental reasons.”

Editor’s note: Barb is my mom’s name, and David knew her before cancer snatched her away from us and so callously extinguished the bright light that she was. Anyone who knew her loved her, and David is no exception. That he chose to honor her makes my sad heart smile a little, because it’s just so stinkin’ unfair that she’s not here with  me, especially now that I’m in the winner’s circle after the brutal battle that was Nancy vs. Breast Cancer, and then because one brutal battle wasn’t enough, Nancy vs. Mycobacterium. One thing my sweet mama loved was a party, and being the consummate hostess-with-the-mostess, I think she would have thrown me one hell of a victory party, with enough homemade coconut cream pie for everyone.

Because I’m feeling generous, and because my mama would want it this way, I’ll share her coconut cream pie recipe. If you want it, let me know. If you can figure out how to make her crust taste like she did, definitely let me know, and I will be at your house with a fork. If you need help with the slope-intercept formula, talk to David. I had a lot of trouble with that one, back in the day.

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8 Comments on “This little piggy…”

  1. Keith says:

    I’ll take a stab at that crust! And we can all get fat while I try again and again.

  2. Christy says:

    Love the pig…love the designs! Great job!! It’s so YOU!!

    • And I love that I don’t have to actually get any of those tattoos. Way too many needles in my life already!

      • David Benbow says:

        It would be unfair to call you a big baby after all you’ve been through, but tattoos are no more painful than a sunburn and stop hurting much faster.

  3. SusanP says:

    Love the pig. Loved your momma. Would love to make her pie for Stevie, he really loved her AND her pie. I know I can’t do the pie justice, but I would love to have the recipe
    . I think I will crack open some champagne in your honor to celebrate all of your good news!!! Love comin’ your way from East 53rd Street! Sus

  4. Ed says:

    Pig tattoos for everyone! I say we all get some ink, and David is right that they don’t hurt. C’mon, before the kids beat ya to it.
    Anyway, love the post, the logo, Barb, and the image of pie for everyone.

  5. Jody Hicks says:

    This is really cool! And yes, please oh please send me the recipe – though I could never in a million years hope to make a crust like your mom’s, maybe I’d at least have a chance with the filling after a few tries.


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