A while ago I went with one of my nieces to get matching semicolon tattoos. This was remarkable for a variety of reasons:
1. I was 56.
2. Years before, when my eldest daughter came home from college sporting her first permanent ink, I may not have reacted well.
3. Trends in general have always bugged me. A lot. Our landfills are filled with them. So are our photo albums.
4. In terms of the grammar symbol itself, I never really got semicolons. Half comma, half period—what is that about? (Kurt Vonnegut rudely referred to them as hermaphrodites.)
So when I noticed that the semicolon had jumped out of sentences and onto body parts, I wanted to find out why.
I learned that these grammar tattoos not only join thoughts, they are reminders to take a breath but to keep going. Even when it would be easier to just come to a full halt. (See last week’s post about periods.)
After my research, I felt a surprising tug.
Whether it’s recovery, or going back to school or continuing to work on a book until it is FINALLY accepted by a publisher (for instance 🙂 ); the semicolon symbolizes perseverance — with rest stops thrown in for water, encouragement and maybe some Doritos.
Don’t give up.
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