Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tattoo

Saturday morning Aubrey and I sat patiently at the Hair Cuttery. She needed a quick trim. We played some games, sang some songs, and were generally very silly.

A man walked in and Aubrey pointed to his ankle and we had the following conversation:
  • Aubrey: Mama, what's that?
  • Mama: Those are the man's shorts
  • Aubrey: No, Mama, what's THAT (pointing again)?
  • Mama: Oh, sorry honey, those are the man's socks and shoes.
  • Aubrey (at this point if she knew how to roll her eyes she would have): NO, Mama, what's THAT, on the man's ankle?
  • Mama: That is paint.
  • Aubrey: Why did he paint his leg?
  • Mama: Do you want a lollipop?

I have no idea how to address these types of questions from my daughter. It is becoming harder to distract her with shiney objects when she sees or hears something I want to pretend doesn't exist in the world she is growing up in.

Before I get yelled at from friends and family: I am not saying there is anything WRONG with tattoos... I just don't know if I need to have that conversation with my daughter before she turns 3!

4 comments:

Matthew said...

I've found that having those conversations are always easier than you'd think. Like the whole death thing. I was terrified of explaining it to Olivia. But circumstances pushed the issue and she seemed to get it and handle it a lot better than I would have thought.

Oh, and she and I will be getting tats next week. I'm going to get a dragon and she'll get Maria from Sound of Music. ;)

Anne said...

That is funny. Thankfully Claire is too distracted by shiny objects to notice Tattoos yet. :) I'm not ready to have that conversation with her yet.

emily said...

I guess I have been making a mountain out of a molehill... kids where temporary tattoos so I guess I should just explain people like to decorate themselves - if it comese up again :)

Thanks!

rebekca said...

I'm afraid I would have been at a loss for words on that one.

I think you handled it just beautifully. I'm all about expanding the vocabulary, but I don't know that tatoo is high up on the list of words and concepts to learn/understand......not that there is anything wrong with it (copyright, Seinfeld)