JEFF PEARLMAN

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The best tattoo I’ve ever seen

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Was in the supermarket tonight. Kid behind the register was probably 19. Maybe 20. Brown curly hair, palish skin, wide eyes, easy smile. He had a small tattoo on his left wrist. No design, just these words in blue:

FLY A KITE KID

I looked at it. Said to him, “What’s your tattoo mean?”

“Those,” he said, “are the last words my father said to me.”

Chilling.