"It's just that when it's your own child, and they are permanently going to alter the look of their body..."
Some parents still cringe when their adult kids tell them they are getting a tattoo. Such was the case for Richard, a New Jersey dad, who says he’s not against tattoos, but when it came down to his own son Jonathan he was admittedly alarmed.
"It's just that when it's your own child, and they are permanently going to alter the look of their body, all sorts of thoughts start going through your head," he said in a blog posted by Gays With Kids.
In 2005, when Jonathan was five-years-old, he was adopted by Richard. Now 18, Jonathan has joined the Navy and recently made the announcement via text to his dad he was getting some ink.
“Don’t you dare,” his dad responded, his concerns centered on his son's future, “How is it going to look when he is older? What is he going to choose? Will he regret it? Will he be able to cover it up? Will they see it on a job interview? How did he choose the tattoo artist? Is he just getting one due to peer pressure?”
After a few weeks went by and nothing more was said, Jonathan assumed the subject had been dropped. But in reality, Jonathan had already done it.
A disappointed dad was reeling at the news until his son sent him a photo of the artwork; a set of Roman numerals just below his chest. The numbers were the date of his adoption.
“I was so taken aback,” said a relieved Richard. “My fear that he was going to get something ridiculous, something he would regret, shifted and I could not be more proud of him. What an amazing tattoo!”
Jonathan proudly took a photo of his new skin art and posted it online saying, “So I got my first tattoo!! This date is the day that my life changed. This is the day my dads adopted me. The greatest day in my life knowing that for the rest of my life I would finally have a loving family that loved me for me!”