There are few moments in a young girl’s life that produce lasting memories and get to be shared with their mothers.
Getting your ears pierced at the mall is definitely one of those such moments! We’ve both discussed at length how we remembered as children (far younger than ours, by the way) sitting smack in the middle of a mall kiosk (not even an actual store!) while ladies raised what can only be described as a giant, metal hole punch type instrument to our ears and proceeded to insert the plainest, smallest, strangely oblong shaped gold ball looking earring of all time into them.
Well, those days are over, friends, due to the technological advances of Claire’s Jewelry store. The huge and heavy piercing gun is a thing of the past because today’s tool resembles a tiny box that you might use to check your blood sugar. Blink and you could miss it. Oh, and you have a range of adorable starter earrings that are fashionable!
Thanks to the wonders of Santa (Emma) and a big brother (Lucy), both girls received the gift of a lifetime for Christmas. That’s right, folks, they received the gift of piercing. It really is a rite of passage for a woman. Gone are the days of longingly gazing at your mother’s earring collection, pawing through to find a clip-on earring that you can stand to wear for the length of time it takes to play dress-up. Welcome to the real world, girls, where the sky is the limit for the accessorizing you can do to your earlobe!
Needless to say they were both excited with their gifts, then a bit skittish. On the one hand…EARRINGS! On the other hand…someone is making a hole in your actual body and that’s got to hurt, right? Courage was upped and fashion won out when their good friend Sophie got her ears pierced the previous week and said it wasn’t that bad!
They were totally ready and only a little bit nervous when the day came, and by a little bit nervous we mean they each cried beforehand. Fortunately for Lucy, she got it all out of her system at home. The same cannot said for Emma.
When it came time to actually sit in the chair, she proceeded to lose her mind. And of course, because her mother is nothing if not patient, loving and kind, she was quickly comforted by being told through clenched teeth that a babysitter for her younger sister was not procured on New Year’s Eve morning so that she could back out at the last minute. She.was.getting.her.ears.pierced.today. because she’d cry buckets later if she didn’t. Aaaahhhh, motherhood is magical, y’all.
Lucy bravely stepped up and went first. (This was surprising because when her whole family goes to get flu shots together, she has to be carried in like a lifeless sack of flour and always goes absolutely last praying they’ll forget to do hers). But somehow she reached down deep inside and rocked it. She picked beautiful pink birthstone earrings that she couldn’t wait to show off the minute the process was finished!
With nowhere left to turn, Emma climbed up in the chair and waited her turn. It should be noted at this point that on hand were smelling salts and a promise from the amazing girl who did the piercing that no one left the store on her watch with only one ear pierced. Phew. But there was no reason to worry. Emma even smiled through the entire thing!
It was determined, during an earlobe assessment period more thorough than most annual check-ups, that both Lucy and Emma have one ear lobe longer than the other (Clearly this is fate saying that they are meant to be BFFs for life). Also, Emma apparently has thicker than average lobes, thus eliminating the possibility of a standard birthstone earring and necessitating the use of a long post, “diamondique” stud. The things you learn about your kids from the Claire’s piercing girl, right?
In the end, both girls left with pierced ears and life-long memories.
And we moms walked away with smiles and heavy hearts…because we know they are one step closer to growing up.
How old were you when you got your ears pierced? Where did you get it done?