The picture shows my daughter receiving a tattoo recently.
As usual my mind & imagination started wandering around the theme of ‘skin deep’.
I think the term usually implies something shallow, of lesser importance, with no staying power.
The interesting thing about a tattoo is that it defies all of those assumptions. It is permanent unless we undergo pretty invasive surgery to remove it.
That set me thinking about how little importance we often assign to our words or the way we use them:
“Sticks & stones may break my bones but names (words) can never hurt me!”
is a saying that was around when I was at school.
This surely is one of the most overused & underestimated phrases of many generations; as our cemeteries bear testimony to.
Words & names have the ability, just like a tattoo, to stick & be damn hard to remove. Very often their emotional & psychological effect leave visible scars too. Removal can be long, drawn-out & painful.
I hope that when I see a tattoo I will continue to be reminded that skin deep does not mean without impact or effect.
Take care until next time …