This is Theresa’s wonderful writing, which I’d like to share because it resonates with me.
Looking at the literal sense (as opposed to symbolic), there are still many people who see tattoos, in general, in a negative light. As with many things in life and this world, to generalize isn’t really the good path to take. I know I also forget my good intention but I stop, check and correct.
Symbolically, what the tattoo represents are many things we do to “ignore” the pain we may be feeling. We sometimes judge those people who resort to unconventional ways of dealing with trauma; we shouldn’t.
Tattoo Cat by Something Ferdinand is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
The girl had a tattoo of a cat on her arm. The lines of it swirled over her fair skin, and some thought the cat moved as muscles were flexed. In her vocation as a bodybuilder, her arms were flexed often.
She had started bodybuilding after the divorce. It might have been a way to exorcise the betrayals, the shouted accusations, the icy nights alone. The midnight fears. She might have read the research stating that trauma is a body memory that does not get processed until the body had been convinced it is safe. She might have been determined to feel safe again.
The cat tattoo had lived in the girl’s arm for several years, even before the end of the marriage. In all those lost days and…
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