Today I have a question for my readers, actually to some specific readers – those of you who have tattoos. I need your assistance. What do I tell a beloved niece when she asks me what I think of the tattoo she got and I really think it’s awful?I’m never loved tattoos, there okay I guess but I’ve never been a big fan. I don’t want any myself and I would prefer my children not get any. I do, however, realize that whether or not my children choose to get one is rapidly becoming none of my business. My niece got this over the holidays, it’s on her back. It’s a picture from one of the Harry Potter books – Hedwig in her cage surrounded by books. I knew she was getting one. I was expecting something about two to three inches in diameter. But then I saw the picture. It was similar to this in size but a different picture of Hedwig and not in color.
I'm a Harry Potter fan and it’s not that it’s a bad picture but I wouldn’t really want it hanging on the wall for long much less something that will never go away. I picture her in a backless wedding dress, I picture her with a man she’s growing close to and as she turn over for a back rub, instead of the beautiful women he’s with, he’s going to be thinking of ‘The Deadly Hallows’? Come on!
But what do I say when she ask me what I think of it? I know she will when she comes up this weekend. Those of you with tattoos, how would you have prefer some of your family to react? Would it be best to lie and say “It’s beautiful!”? I mean, it’s there and it won’t go away why knock it? Or should I give her a mild version of what I really think? I love the girl. Any suggestion as to the most loving thing I can say about it?