A part of me.
When the Persian king Xerxes demanded that the Spartans lay down their weapons and surrender at the battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas in defiance replied with “molon labe” or “come and take them”
I have not taken this off since I picked it up almost a year ago. It has created a tan line on the skin beneath where it sits. I like to think that it’s because it is now a part of who I am. In memory of brave men who willingly gave their lives, knowing death was almost certainly guaranteed, to defend freedom and to set an example for generations to come. I hope to be laid to rest in that pantheon someday.
No retreat, no surrender.