Wednesday, June 13, 2007
A Recent Whimsy
When I was fifteen, during a gymnastics floor routine, I tore a tendon in my right hip, a year later, I had to have surgery on that hip. The after effects of the surgery left me with two legacies. One, I must always work at keeping my hamstrings stretched and flexible, or I end up with shooting pains down my right leg. Two, I have a rather unattractive scar on my right buttock, almost the length of my hand. The scar has faded with time, but it has always been a slight annoyance to me. Don't know why really, it is not as if many people see it. I rarely see it.
For most of my adult life, when the subject of tattoos would come up, I have been known to say, "Someday, if I ever get one, that is where I will have it placed."
Miss Daughter and I were visiting with some family friends, and the subject of Miss Daughter's tattoo came up...since theirs was the house in which it was given to her...and my friend had just recently found out her own daughter had received one the same night. During our discussion, my friend mentioned her own tattoo shopping trip. She wants one, but has not decided what it should be, since she wishes it to have a very special meaning. In that, I agree with her. I too stated, that I have considered getting one over the years, but, since they are permanent, I wish to be very very sure of the design I choose.
Miss Daughter then pipes up with, "But, Mom! You've always said, if you were to get a tattoo it would be a large butterfly on your butt! Now is the perfect time to do it! It would signify the start of your new life!"
I don't know...I had only thought of the idea of a butterfly, because I always imagined the shape of the scar could be hidden in the ink of the central body of the butterfly. In one sense though, she is correct, I have likened this new era of my life, to my sprouting wings, wings of freedom. The wings of butterfly would definitely portray that. (But, to cover the scar, it would have to be one really big tattoo!)
In thinking about this, I remembered the drawing below, which I used on my last blog entry. It speaks to me...for several reasons. I think of cats as very independent creatures, something I am trying very hard to develop more fully. Over the years I have known many cats, and like it or not, we also share other characteristics, thus it seems somewhat fitting to my personality. With the addition of the wings of the butterfly, and their significance to me...that profound sense of freedom...it just might be...an option to keep in mind.
Hmmmm, thinking the body of the cat, would hide the scar even better...
Anyway...something to think about.