Tales of the Tatts – Adele

Genesis 4:9: Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”. He said, “I do not know, am I my brother’s keeper?”

On December 8th 2008 I was studying for my final exams in the library. While I was studying I was getting numerous phone calls from my mom and other siblings asking if I had heard from my younger brother Stanley. I said, “No I’m studying, doesn’t he always come home late?”. Long story short, by midnight he was found dead at a location where he was hanging out with friends.

I’ve always wanted a tattoo since I was 16 years old, but I was in the same predicament as Stixx: not knowing what I wanted and where I would put the tattoo. In 2010, the second anniversary of my brother’s death, I decided to get my first tattoo. I decided to choose the quote, ” I am my brothers keeper” and place it on my foot.

The significance of the location of my tattoo, my foot was to represent my favourite poem, “Footprints in the Sand” by Mary Stevenson. Here is a quote, “The Lord replied, the times when you have seen only one set of footprints, is when I carried you.” Now every time I look down at my foot I know there is only one set of footprints because now he is in a better place, watching over me and carrying me through life like a guardian angel.

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