English parents each got a birthmark tattoo in an effort to make their 18-month-old daughter feel like she fits in. According to the New York Daily News, Tanya and Adam Phillips decided to have a tattoo artist replicate their daughter’s birthmark, which is a strawberry mark that spans her whole leg.
Now, Tanya says that Honey-Rae can feel proud of her birthmark.
— BuzzFeed UK (@BuzzFeedUK) February 27, 2015
“Most people might think it’s very extreme — but to us, it was the natural thing to do to ensure our daughter never felt different or alone in the world. We wanted (her) to feel special, that her birthmark was something to feel proud of and not embarrassed by.”
The UK parents who got birthmark tattoos felt as though their daughter would be made fun of for her different looking leg. For this reason, they wanted to make sure that the three of them were different together so that Honey-Rae always feels like she belongs. Of course, their decision to get inked won’t prevent other kids at school (when the time comes) to point out the child’s differences, but maybe she will feel a little less left out if she knows she’s not the only one who looks that way. And the two-hour, $125 ink work has already paid off.
“When the swelling went down, I showed Honey-Rae, and she gently touched it and smiled as she said ‘Match,’ pointing to her own leg. If I’d have needed any reassurance that I’d made the right decision, that was it. She now constantly touches mine and Adam’s tattoos then her own birthmark and giggles – I couldn’t be happier.”
— Fill n Squeeze (@fillnsqueeze) February 27, 2015
The parents who chose to each get a birthmark tattoo are making headlines all around the globe today. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tanya and Adam Phillips are being praised for their decision (although there are some people who think it’s ludicrous).
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Tanya was “distraught” when she first saw her daughter’s sizable birthmark, but now she feels better about the whole thing. Do you think Tanya and Adam did a wonderful thing, or did they take this too far? Will their actions help their daughter fit in as she gets older?
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