I feel like some people just weren’t born with common sense. Maybe they don’t mean to come off as heartless, but it doesn’t take much to say something that they’ll regret instantly. I’m not very quick when it comes to this type of situation. I don’t think I would have come up with a way to save this woman’s mistake so quickly. I might try to fix the damage afterwards, but this is an incredible story and I’m so glad that she shared it.
I was at the library the other day, and my daughter was playing at the Art Table with two other girls. One of the little girls’ mother was near by and said “Aren’t you girls good little artists!”
And the third girl perked up and said “My dad’s an artist!”
The woman smiled indulgently and says “Oh really, what kind?”
The little girl proudly told her “He’s a tattoo artist.”
And the woman. Oh man. Her face just twists, crumples into something nothing short of disdain, and she opens her mouth and says “That’s not…”
“An easy job,” I cut in, looking the woman in the face because really? You’re going to tell a child her dad’s not a real artist? “In fact it’s very, very hard, because that art is alive forever on a person, not like on paper. And that’s scary! You have to be really good, to be a tattoo artist. Your dad must be really, really good.” I continued, and watched as that little girl beamed with pride and continued drawing.
What kind of person could just try and crush a little kid like that? She was silent for the rest of the time the girls were drawing.
What would you have said? I might have been able to tell her that she was wrong after she finished her sentence, but this mom was so fast to take over and save that little girl from hearing something so ridiculous and closed-minded! It’s fine if that mom didn’t appreciate tattoos, that’s her opinion. But to say something so devastating to a child?! I can’t believe it! Seriously, who does something like that?
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