“Life goes on” August’s tattoo. January 11, 2011Posted by johnbohlinger in August Bohlinger, Dealing with Grief after Losing your child..
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ON THE DAY AUGUST WAS BORN, HE ALONE CRIED AND THE WORLD REJOICED. ON THE DAY HE DIED, WE ALL CRIED AND HE ALONE REJOICES.
August was complex: so shy yet so brave, so strong yet so fragile, a genius I.Q. who at times did not think at all, a social person who craved solitude, a person so deeply concerned about the well-being of others yet cavalier about this own well-being. Somehow, this strange combination of dichotomies made him perfect… in all his ragged glory.
The tattoo on August’s left shoulder read “How do you Perceive?”… his way of asking “is your glass half full or half empty?” Though his absents hurts like hell, we who were blessed enough to have know August can perceive ourselves as lucky to have had him in our lives, albeit for far too short of time.
The tattoo on August’s right arm read “Life Goes On.” That day that he died felt like the end of the world, but, for those of us lucky enough to have had August in our lives, our lives go on with a richness and beauty that others will never know.
I wonder if those messages were meant for us he left behind; his way of comforting us, letting us know it’s going to be ok? Maybe.