Emily asked me the other day if I would "hate her if she got another tattoo". I said, Yes! This from a Mom that always chose my battles carefully. Why does it bother me so much? She is almost 20 years old. Quite capable of making good decisions. Or is she?
She has made a few mistakes. She is a very good girl and I am proud of her. But, she asked. Of course I won't hate her. How could I? I love her unconditionally. But I feel pretty strong about this.
The first tattoo, was thought out carefully. She researched it for months. Picked a respectable Tattoo Shop. And she can cover it up. (It is on her foot). Also, she chose the word "Faith" rather than a guy's name or some stupid cartoon or trendy symbol.
I have heard that tattoos are addicting. That's odd. Why would someone need to continue to mark their body? If they are addicting, will she want another, then another, then another till she does look like this girl in the picture?
When she approached us about getting the first, she was very mature and self confidant about why she wanted this. I could have sworn she promised just the one. Or maybe that was her Dad, saying don't come tell us you are going to get another.
If Emily reads this, I want her to know that I hope she will think hard about getting another. What is cool today will not look so hot at 40. I have friends that would be happy to back this up and show you what you don't want to see. My friend that got a Rose on her hip at 19 is now in her 40's. She told me that after two pregnancies, and 20 some years, "it's not so pretty anymore". An invitation to see the future.
I love her no matter what. Removing them later will be costly and painful.