Is that a horse behind your ear?

16 Feb
I stopped in at Shopper’s Drug Mart today to pick up some baby cereal, which Jade has for breakfast every day.  Believe it or not, they have a better selection of flavours there than they have at the regular grocery store.
While I was paying, I chatted with the cashier, but I was distracted by the tattoo behind her ear — a rather unusual place for a tattoo.  What was less unusual was the fact that the tattoo was a Chinese character.  Very trendy.  (I’m sure many of you have wondered, as I have, whether all tattoo artists are trustworthy enough to be permanently etching a word that neither s/he nor the client can read…)
As I’m sure most tattoo wearers of Chinese characters want me to do, I always want to ask what the symbol means, for, although I speak Mandarin, I’m as good as illiterate.  There are only a handful of characters I do know: "fire", "small", 1, 2, 3, 6, 10, "middle", "big", and "mountain".  That pretty much sums up my Chinese literacy ability.
But as I discreetly stared at the cashier’s tattoo, I realized that I recognized this character: the Chinese symbol for "horse".  I know it because I was born in the year of the horse.
She got busy chatting with the next customer, but I dearly wanted to make a comment.  Just think of the possibilities!

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