I fought myself on whether or not I was going to write this post or just let the incident go. In this day and age where bullying is a huge epidemic, I felt the need to use my platform at Book Mama Blog to address something. I have always tried my best to be kind, not to judge people and respect others’ uniqueness. For me, I don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs. However, I do enjoy the art of tattoos and have chosen, for many years, to express myself with them. Ten years ago I lost my daughter. She was the love of my life, my little side-kick and the person who brought me so much joy. She was always by my side, and when I lost her, I lost a piece of myself. I have chosen to add tattoos in remembrance of her. Recently, I finished up a piece on my back that I call Samantha’s Garden. It’s a grouping of bright, colorful, vibrant flowers (which my daughter always loved feeling and smelling flowers, as she was blind and it was her way of enjoying the beauty that they are), a butterfly with a halo (ever since she passed butterflies, specifically Monarch butterflies, make me think of her), and a leukemia awareness ribbon (the horrible disease that took her life). After having my tattoo finished I shared it on Facebook, where I share much of my life with my “friends.” I got many likes and comments to the tattoo. Not just from people who knew my daughter, but from people who respected my choice in memorializing her with them. However, I got one comment that was not very nice, that I chose to delete. It was from an author that I was friends with on FB. We were not close friends by any means, but being a book blogger I have many author friends on FB. She commented on my picture with … I don’t understand the popularity of permanently scarring your body. As stated, I deleted it and chose to address this in a more private manner. This is how the messages went until she choseAlthough I appreciate your opinion about tattoos, I deleted your comment. My daughter suffered a horrific death after being diagnosed with leukemia. This is the way I choose to memorialize her. I know not all people enjoy the art of tattoos, but it's my way of saying that my daughter will always have my back. Her: I had people die horrible deaths too. I don't feel the need to scar myself in their honor. Me: That's your right to have that opinion, but you should be ashamed of yourself for passing judgement on how I choose to memorialize my daughter. At this last message she did me a favor by unfriending me. It really hurt my spirit for a moment that someone would be so cruel and insensitive to how I choose to grieve. I am a firm believer that you should never judge a book by its cover. We are all unique, beautiful creatures. As long as we are good people and don’t do things to hurt others, who are we to tell others what to do or how to live their lives? Because of this person’s comments that really dug deep, I want to do something to spread love and happiness. Something I try to do on a regular basis. One winner will win a basket full of things that make me happy. I’m not sure what the contents are yet, but I assure you that it will be things that will bring a smile to the winner’s face. Comment below and share something positive. It can be anything and you are entered. If you choose to share more than one thing, put each in separate comments. That way each can be considered an entry. Giveaway will be international and will close at midnight on April 21. Let’s be kind to one another, respect the things that make us all unique and open your minds and hearts to new things. There is too much hate in this world. We need to flood the world with more kindness!