I have a friend named Quinn. Ever since she was ten years old, she lost the ability to speak. She got incredibly sick. It was a disease that caused massive inflammation all over her body. She nearly died. A fever of 104, death nearly came for her but she came back from it. Now she no longer has the ability to speak. It’s been a very hard life for her. You don’t really think about the value that the ability to speak has until you lose it. So much of her life was hurt, and she has been trying to come back from it for as long as she could.
Through all of that, there was her incredibly supportive mother. Even when she found out that her daughter was gay, and her father kicked her out of the house, her mother did everything she could to help her. To the point that they ended up getting a nasty divorce because the mother hated the father for how he treated their daughter, which in turn translated into how well he treated her sister because she was the child he had always wanted. Meanwhile, Quinn had her mother. When she was really little, as I understand it, Quinn was a very talkative little kid. Her mother called her “Chatty Monkey.” It was with this in mind that when she died, Quinn had an idea for a tat. But since she has no artistic talent, it just stayed as an idea, until now. With the help of my dear friend Kathryn, it has finally come to fruition. As it will when it is immortalized on Quinn’s skin forever. One of three tats, all of which have great significance for her.
The monkey is to stand for the nickname that her mother had for her all her life. The gun is because her mother was a crack-shot, most specifically with a revolver. The smoke is because, the unfortunate truth is that her mother was a chimney. You can extrapolate how she died based on that. Woman went through a pack a day. I try not to judge how people live, but as her coughing got worse, even Quinn felt terrible. The woman left our state to go be in a warmer climate, and it did help. But it only went so far.
A wonderful woman has passed away. She left a legacy of a connection between mother and daughter that is unmatched, from a girl who life has been horribly unkind to. How people keep their memories close. Quinn is putting this memory on her hip. So when you see this image, keep in mind the connection it symbolizes. Let me know the connections that you have with people who have left your life and how you keep that alive in the Comments.
Until next time, a quote,
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss in life is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins