Tonight I had a little party with about 8 girls. One of the girls asked what was on my arms in front of the other kids and her Mom.
“Oh, my Mom says people with tattoos are trashy,” she responds. Immediately her Mom starts apologizing and saying she had never said that.
But, I am sure she probably did not think that it would be repeated.
Now, I am not one to blow up a parents spot. We have all told our kids little white lies to make our lives easier.
My kids think you have to be married to have babies.
My nine year old thinks she still has to be in a car seat or we will get in trouble with the cops.
So, honestly I don’t fault a parent telling a white lie trying to steer their kids away from something. I can understand not wanting your kids to get tattoos! I certainly don’t want mine to until they are older and wiser.
But how can I let my kids hear me be called ‘Trashy’ and not do something about it. How do I contradict this comment without undermining the other peoples parenting?
I mean my normal comment would have been “There are lot’s of people you might call ‘trashy’ that don’t have tattoos.” But, again I didn’t want to undermine them.
So, finally I said. ”God loves me, tattoos or not.”
How would you have handled that?