A conversation over dinner last evening...
TJ (my son) : Mom, can I have REAL tattoo?
Mom : NO!!!
TJ : But WHY!??
Mom: Of course you can't! It's permanent. It'll be painful if you want to remove it next time.You can just put a removable one like what you did this morning.
TJ : But my friend has a real one. She did it in Bali. It's quite cool.....
Mom : NO means NO. According to an article, it may be dangerous and ....
At this point, my teenage son interrupted and protested again that most of the time I would say NO to the things he wanted.
Mom : OK. You can do anything you want.
TJ : Really??!! Woohoo!!! So I can have a real tattoo? And I can have body piercing too?
Mom : YES. I said you can do anything you like.
You should see how excited my son was. Unfortunately his excitement was quickly dampened by his wise sister TH who said something unexpected.
TH : You know... usually when parents say "You can do anything you want" means they're going to let you learn your lesson.