This is one of our better conversations, don't you agree?
Some of you surprised me. You know about preconceived notions (also called "profiling", yes?); Well, in my mind I thought I knew who had tattoos and who didn't. I was way off.
T. Allen-Mercado, I thought that you were inked because you have such a free spirit. What I didn't think, however, was that you had more than one tattoo. I imagined something small but, artistic and very colorful --- much like your personality. "The process of them withering as I wither, also art." Now, that's a deep statement and one I had never considered. Very enlightening. (Also, the more I get to "know" you, the more intrigued I become).
Annette, hello! Glad you stopped by. (For those who don't know, Annette is somehow related (I think) to Marie). That's really funny about your daughter calling your tattoo a "boo-boo" and I think there are many who have the same regrets.
Tiara, welcome to our conversation. A summer abroad in Senegal? Wow! Your tattoo, if I'm understanding correctly, is a way of remembering --- an on-going journey indelibly communicated. And regarding the passing of your brother, we offer our condolences. I think I understand when you said, "That tattoo will be a tangible way I can carry him with me for the rest of my life." Indeed.
For some reason, Robyn, I thought you would be inked --- maybe because you're younger and I can remember getting caught up in whatever the fads were at the time and going for it, regardless of the consequences. Obviously you have a better head on your shoulders than I had on mine at your age. And, yes, I know of the Biblical reference you speak of.
Hi Marie. You surprised me. I thought that because you are beautiful, intelligent, funny (Sorry! I can't help it!)... Seriously, in my mind I thought you were not inked because of, maybe, family tradition/heritage and oddly enough, it is because of this incredible and moving story of family, strength, courage why you do have a tattoo. Remarkable! And I believe your grandmothers would be very proud. You should have your Mom click over here to read this.
Again, surprised. Elizasmom, I thought for sure would have at least one serious kick-ass Ninja-type symbol tattooed between your shoulder blades or something. Too stereotypical? My slip is showing again, I think.
Meredith, your folks (and Robyn's Sunday School teacher) are probably referring to Leviticus 19:28 (not to mention the brutally forced tattooing of those in the concentration camps). And I agree with you when you say that you are "just not that into it." I believe that's where I am regarding this subject. It is a personal decision, and for me, no, I don't think so.
Another big surprise was Kelly's admimssion. I thought to myself, "No way would Kelly be pro-tattoo," and yet again I've been proven wrong. You know, I think that if I found myself out of my mind and in a tattoo parlor ready to get inked, I believe I would want something similar to what you describe -- if and only if I could be 50 pounds lighter. And I love that reverse psychology you pulled on your kids! Funny.
Jacqui, I wasn't sure where you stood on this subject. I thought maybe you had your son's name tattooed on. I remember us back in the day and well, let me just say that we were both a little daring.
Mama, regarding body piercing; I think that when it's done the way some of these young people are doing it, I agree that it seems to be a form of self-mutilation. And again, I can't help but to wonder what will that look like when they are old (and maybe a little more mature).
If you haven't left your comment yet, don't be shy. It's never too late to jump in.
And one last thing, be sure to stop by here for tomorrow's post. I have one more thing to show you.
See you later.