The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I interviewed my boyfriend and he told me the most inspirational person in his life, and a memory of them getting over the hurdle of his first tattoo, but ultimately bonding over the loss of a family member and the meaning of the piece. She is the one person he knows will always be by his side, and raised him with all of the strong morals he has today.

“You can whatever you want, just no tattoos,” his mother said to her young boy, despite her arms being covered in design. She was once a  tattoo and piercing model, a petite woman only slightly taller than 5 foot tall. She always promoted self expression, and doing whatever made her son happy. He wore his punk rock band tees and ripped jeans to school. He had a lip ring, jewelry, and long black hair that he spent 20 minutes straightening everyday before school. She didn’t raise him to care what people thought, she raised him to be happy. She inspired him

It wasn’t until this specific day, a few days after his 18th birthday, that he knew what his first tattoo would be. He knew his mom wouldn’t approve, but he had lost his cousin a few months back at only 18 years old that left him uneasy. His cousin left behind was a poem, and he read up until the last line that said, “What is rooted will grow”. This line tugged at him, and he knew this is what he needed for closure, and memorial.

Showing up at home with a red burning tattoo across his chest, his mother’s expression went blank. For the next two days the house was silent. He could hear his mother crying from her bedroom as he quietly set his ear to the wall. He could’ve sworn she was going to kick him out of the house. Nothing felt worse than wanting to feel satisfied, but ultimately defeated.

After days of silence and unease, his mother walks into his room. “You know, I thought you were going to like it. I know how close we all were” he said to her. She responded,  “Avery, I adore that tattoo. My silence was because of how shocked I was. I could see my own reflection as you stood in front of me. You are just like me when I was when I was your age. I’m just scared of seeing you grow up, getting tattoos and becoming a man. I genuinely couldn’t be more proud that this is the first thing you wanted on your body forever”. After a long talk, all of the anger dissipated. It was within this moment that their bond strengthened.

Weeks later, she came home and called Avery into the room. She squeezed him and said, “guess what?” and twisted her arm, marked with the familiar quote, “What is rooted, will grow”. Today, he inspired her.

What is Rooted Will Grow

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I interviewed my boyfriend and he told me the most inspirational person in his life, and a memory of them getting over the hurdle of his first tattoo, but ultimately bonding over the loss of a family member and the meaning of the piece. She is the one person he knows will always be by his side, and raised him with all of the strong morals he has today.

Decade: 2010s
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Recorded by Shannon Sweeney on April 28, 2019
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