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  • It's not much of a story, but this one particular scar (among many) of mine, gives me a lot of pleasure.

    A few years back I had a ganglion cyst on the inside of my left wrist. Big lump it was, and I mentioned this strange new thing to a few people, a couple of whom pointed out that old time New Englanders would fix 'em by laying the person's arm on a table then SLAM the thing with one of those massive old family Bibles.

    That strategy didn't do much for me so I went to see a local doc who carved me up a little bit.

    When the bandages came off I was thrilled by the shape(s) of this scar as it gives me the two first initials of my beloved kids, Meredith and Will.

    Having a perverse sense of humor, it didn't take me long to figure out a schtick for this new toy....whenever conversation turns (or I sneakily direct it) to the subject of tattoos, I say that I don't believe in tattooing but that, instead, I had my kids' initials carved into me and point to Exhibit A.

    I only had to do that once or twice before I realized that I am too good a liar as people would give me truly horrified they actually believed me.

    I have thus become slightly more discerning about to whom I serve up the Carved Initials Story.

    ...although sharing this story at all certainly gives rise to questions about my discernment.
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