Parents Find Perfect Way To Make Daughter Feel Special About Her Birthmark
Tanya Phillips marker her 40th birthday with something very permanent, which is fitting considering how strongly it symbolises her love for her daughter.
Both Tanya and her husband, Adam, chose to have tattoos to duplicate the strawberry rose birthmark that covers half of their little girl’s body.
“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.” Tanya revealed in an interview with The Mirror
Toddler Honey-Rae, now 18-months-old, was born with the huge blemish. It’s been growing at the same rate that she has since birth.
Tanya said: “It is bright red and it covers almost half of the right side of her body. It stretches from her toes to her lower back. It hasn’t faded with time. In fact some days, it looks darker than others.’
“Adam and I decided straight away that we wanted Honey-Rae to feel special, that her birthmark was something to feel proud of and not embarrassed by.
“From the moment she was born, we told Honey-Rae she was beautiful and constantly covered her in kisses.”
But last year, before Honey-Rae had reached her first birthday, Tanya was out shopping with her little girl, whom she had dressed in shorts and sandals.
She said: “I was stood at a check out till, when I saw an old couple whispering and staring at Honey-Rae’s leg.
“I was distraught. It was first time I had taken her out without covering her up and it confirmed all my worries and fears. People are cruel without even realising.
“And I knew if adults could be that insensitive, then kids at school would also be unintentionally mean.”
It was then Tanya and Adam decided to go the extra mile to ensure their little girl didn’t feel different.
Great parenting can come disguised in all kinds of strange actions and this story proves exactly that.
H/T: The Mirror