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I am 8 years old and visiting my mom at work, which isn't an office or a store, it's Candlestick Park, where she has been building the backdrop for the upcoming Rolling Stones tour, Tattoo You.

I am 8 years old and visiting my mom at work, which isn't an office or a store, it's Candlestick Park, where she has been building the backdrop for the upcoming Rolling Stones tour, Tattoo You. It's hot out in the parking lot where they are painting the largest set of red lips and tongue I will ever see.

It's the size of two cars easy and I love the smell of the chemical spray paint. It's been a couple of weeks since I've seen my mom and she says, "look what I got," and shows me the tattoo on her tan shoulder. It's a small bird and she says, "It's you--a sparrow," referring to my middle name, the one she calls me. "I got it so I'll always have you there." My heart blooms to pieces under my flat chest. I look at it again and see that it's a hummingbird, not a sparrow, but I don't care--I make it a sparrow, because when you don't see your mom for weeks you want to believe you are with her anyway.

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debbiestier says,

That is the most beautiful story. It makes me want to get a tatoo of a flower (I have a Daisy).

kathi_wright says,

your book, along with gretchen rubin's, got me through the last, tough school year. thank you, really, from the depths of my being!

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