Tattoos Of Memories And Dead Skin On Trial
2 years, 8 months.
When I picked you up from school today, you had a giant sticker on your arm, like a sleeve tattoo.
You were pretty proud of it.
I asked you what the sticker said. Your reply:
“Pig! Pig! Pig!”
Evidently you were convinced that pink kitty was actually a pink pig.
I let you believe it.
Somewhat related was the little sticker on your chest of an open can of tuna fish.
When I asked you what that was about, you explained to me:
“I think it’s for the cow… he drinks it, maybe?”
There’s actually a pretty good chance that neither you nor I will ever really know why you came home with those extremely random stickers today.
(I’ll probably forget to ask your teacher tomorrow.)
But not so randomly, the event reminded me of what I consider to be one of the best songs ever written: “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” by Green Day.
It came out half my life ago, when I was only 16.
Here’s an excerpt of it:
“So take the photographs and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time.
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it’s worth it was worth all the while.”
My interpretation of the song is that it’s important to appreciate the mundane, seemingly pointless, average days; as they serve as a bookmark to life… to the good ole days.
That we should do our best to capture these somewhat weird memories as they happen. And that we should also hold our current selves accountable to our former selves, in an attempt to apply what we learn from life.
(“Dead skin ” is a reference to the fact our bodies’ cells constantly are regenerating themselves.”)
So while certain days may seem like the most forgettable ever, I’ve learned that when you’re looking for it, there’s always something that made that day different than any other day you’ve ever lived.
For example, I’m sure nothing else amazing or interesting happened today in my life.
But you came home with these goofy, ridiculous stickers on you. And just by me capturing that fact in history, this seemingly mundane day stands out.
Honestly, had I not mentioned this event to you today, and made an effort to snap a few quick pictures of it, essentially it would be the same as if it never happened.
But it did.
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