Friday, November 16, 2018
Planning a Tattoo
"I'm about to get my tattoo. I'm going to get my mom's name."
I usually don't engage the students on the topic of tattoos. But this statement was directed at the student teacher, and he was more than happy to question why the student would need his mother's name on his arm.
"Do you think you're going to forget it?" the student teacher asked.
The student explained it was his mom, the most important woman in his life, the woman who gave him life, and so he should honor her.
"But she's going to be so mad."
That's when it came out that his mother wasn't keen on the idea of her teen son getting a tattoo.
The student teacher then questioned the boy on his age. Wasn't he 17? Yeah, he was getting the tattoo for his 17th birthday.
Then how was he getting permission to get the tattoo?
Turns out, his father was giving him his official permission. (A signature is required somewhere, I'm sure.)
"So... For your first tattoo, you're going to get the name of the person who does not want you to get a tattoo?"
It's nice to have another adult in the room, especially when he says the things I'm thinking.