When she got a wash-off tattoo or bought some, she was greeted with icy stares and Bible quotes.
“I’ve got a close friend who knows somebody in what’s called the biker church ... a biker who preaches. He has more tattoos.
“And I wanted to ring home a bottle of California wine, whether I drank it or not. The ladies I was staying with couldn’t understand.”
She enjoys her life in church, she says.
“I’ve always been able to relate to people. In high school, I had a friend who was Catholic, one who was Protestant, one who was Methodist and one who was atheist. He’d always talk to me. One friend started preaching to him. He said, ‘Can you make her stop?’ I said, ‘I can try.’” She laughs again.
“When we graduated, he actually started going to a church.
“But I never preach to anybody. I try to explain my circumstances or my experiences. They have to make their own choice.”
E-mail Debra Minor Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.