Scar Light, Scar Bright

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors and followers post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic: What is the story of your best scar?

What an appropro topic, considering I just got back from the dermatologist, where he took 5 spots off my back (that makes like 24 total--skin cancer runs in my family, though mine have all been benign). And BTW, I form keloids, so I can look forward to 5 brand new knots on my back. Hello, sleeveless weather.

But, it's that word "best" that's throwing me off. I have plenty of scars to choose from: my split bottom lip from when I was 5, my gnarly mattress-stitched scar from spinal surgery, the strip on my shin that doesn't grow hair because I scraped it down to the bone, the stutter in my eyebrow hairs. Have I revealed enough to let you know I was a tomboy, with three merciless older brothers?

The scars that have the best stories behind them are animal-related. I have one on the thigh where a vicious rabbit bit me (a la Monty Python). Took seven stitches to close up the dog bite on my hand (but if I had tried to yank my hand away, I would have lost the pinky and ring finger along with that part of my hand, so could be worse).

Also have a few new lines on my palm to throw off the palm readers--these were from when I unwisely tickled the tummy of my sleeping deaf cat. I swear, she had looked right at me and I thought she knew I was there. Most emphatically not the case.

Are there any times you had to learn the hard way to let sleeping cats lie, or did some other animal encounter leave you scarred?


KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

oh my goodness! Definitely not a good animal history. Bunny, dog, and cat!

Lara Ehrlich said...

"the stutter in my eyebrow hair" What a BEAUTIFUL (if icky) phrase :-) Great post!

Alison Miller said...

LOVE the stutter in the eyebrow hair - AWESOME

Kate Hart said...

I have a one-eyed cat with less-than-great depth perception, so I can sympathize with the unexpected cat attack.

Angelica R. Jackson said...

KO--I know, who would have guessed a bunny bite would scar?

Lara and Alison--thanks, I think I'll have to use that description in a book somewhere. Maybe on my coma guy in Crow's Rest?

Kate--I couldn't blame the cat, that's how she survived being deaf and abandoned: scratch first and act nonchalant later.

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