Posted by : Wendy B Saturday, 2 January 2016
Leviticus 19:28 (NIV): "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD."I told mom that I was going to get a new tattoo and from her deathbed, she laughed as my daughters applied faked tattoos they had chosen to her frail arms. "What am I supposed to do about that now?" she said. Hell, she didn't even say anything about the one I got last year. My first tattoo when I was 21 almost gave my dad a heart attack. The second a few years later convinced my mother that I was cursed thanks to the discovery of a cyst on my ovary, which seemed to confirm God's ruling that my sins would make me barren. But either her old age or the fact that I birthed two beautiful daughters had tempered her concerns by then and neither she nor my father said a word about my tattoo, much to my petulant adult child disappointment.
With many thanks to Simon Field for helping me with the draft, and Kent Street Tattoo for the beautiful final product.