She was a pretty English girl with blond hair, green-blue eyes, and all coupled with a nice smile. She was a medical student returning to the United Kingdom after a two-month training in one of the local hospitals in Belize.
She was wearing sandals, and I noticed a tattoo that I could not completely see or figure out. Curious as I am always, I begged her pardon and inquired about it. She told me that she had the tattoo done to remember a close family member who had passed away. She added that she had to wait almost a year to get it done because her tattooist had a waiting list.
“Was it painful?” I asked.
“Yes,” she answered. "The cage signifies the loss of freedom or life.” She explained the feeling she continues to live after her relative passed away.
I asked if I could take a picture of her tattoo. Without hesitation, she removed her sandal.
I thought for a while how I could interrupt the lady and inquire about her tattoo without appearing creepy or strange.
"Excuse me, Miss, is that a tattoo of a bird on your leg?" I asked.
Without hesitation, she lifted the edge of her khaki pants to display a beautiful bird.
"It signifies hope and life," she said. "This is from the story in the bible when Noah was on the boat after the deluge."
When the pigeon came back with a fig tree branch, Noah learned there was land out there and that he will survive. At the end of the branch is one broken part of a heart. Stephanie said that a very good friend of hers has the other half of the heart."