One of the new Korean members of our staff told me recently, "you have something, right there," as he motioned to his lip. I start wiping the corner of my mouth, imagining that a piece of some tasty little snack was lingering on my face.
"Did I get it?" I asked.
"No. You have something on your lip," he replied and pointed.
"How about now?"
"There is a thing on your lip. It is very strange."
Okay, so there I was in the middle of our second conversation EVER, and he's pointing out that I have a freckle on my lip.
there it is
and here it is again. SO WHAT!
He's not the first person to ever point out that I have a unique freckle on my lip, but come on, I don't know you. I might alsonote that I'm not going to be the first person to say that this dude is weird. It's not a cultural barrier thing here, HE'S STRANGE. So, then I say to him, "WHAT? You mean my FRECKLE!?! Yeah, that's my skin." Then I punched him, in a friendly way, and told him "Stop being weird."
What I should have told our new staff member was "Well... not only do I have a freckle on my lip but I also have a portal to another dimension on my ass. You wanna see?"
I do though. It's true. Don't believe me? Here it is:
This incident with the weirdo has made me think about the little marks people have on their bodies. Last night, over some peach soju, I was discussing scars, particularly ones on your head. I have one from the three stitches I got after slipping at ballet school and busting open my head. I was chasing another little girl and hit my head on a marble table. OUCH! At 21, I shaved my head and the scar showed. I felt so badass. I love the stories that go with body marks. Tattoo stories are good too.
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