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    Tit For Tat(too)

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    (I have a tattoo on my foot of a vine of ivy. Usually, I hide it with my socks and shoes while working, but one day they get wet on the playground so I take them off to keep from getting blisters. While I’m changing shoes, a child notices the tattoo.)

    Child: “Oh! What’s that?”

    Me: “It’s a tattoo, it’s like a permanent drawing on your skin you can get when your 18.”

    Child: “Can I touch it?”

    Me: “Sure, it just feels like skin.”

    (Several kids come over to touch my tattoo. A mother walks in.)

    Mother: “Is that a tattoo?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Mother: “You should be ashamed! You are setting a bad example for these children! That could be a gang symbol or related to drugs like marijuana!”

    Me: “Ma’am, it’s just ivy.”

    Mother: “What?! I don’t know anything about your drug symbols. This is highly unprofessional and I will be speaking to your boss! Advocating drugs like this!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am. Next time I’ll be sure to hide my tattoo, but I assure you it has nothing to do with drugs or any illegal behavior.”

    Mother: “You’d better! I can’t believe you would be allowed to work with kids!”

    (The mother bends over to pick up daughter, and I see a pair of dolphins tattooed very low on her back–AKA a “tramp stamp”. It’s visible just above her thong and low rise jeans. Rightly or wrongly, these tattoos often have a negative connotation.)

    Me: “Nice dolphins.”

    Mother: “I’m an adult! Don’t you judge me!”