This is Bethany’s To Kill a Mockingbird tattoo:
Throughout the story, the mockingbird is used to symbolize innocence, and the loss thereof. I got this tattoo to commemorate my own loss of innocence, and the utmost importance of protecting my young son’s innocence. As a single mother with an abusive ex-husband, it is so important to me to use my healing experience to support and protect other abused women. This tattoo helps me remember that it’s healthy to forgive, but it’s never ok to forget, lest old mistakes be repeated.
“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
“Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird