Thanks for all your comments!
Messages from N have me slightly less worried that she will fulfill my current fear that she will graduate and become a fully tattooed bartender in one of the hipper neighborhoods of the nearby city. (We saw a lot of tattooed 24-year-olds on Saturday’s hike. I realize that there is nothing wrong with this at all and that many fully tattooed people — including my nephew-in-law — lead happy and productive lives and have interesting and lovely tattoos featuring beautiful ships etc. Perhaps I am channeling my mother — seen above — who would not let me get my ears pierced until I was 18 because it was barbaric.) I have decided to keep this fear to myself –except now I’ve shared it with all of you.
I’m counting on you to keep my secret.