Getting holes in my head
Yesterday I did something that thousands of babies and tweenagers do every day:
12. Get ears pierced
?!? (still kinda on the fence) not on the fence anymore!
When I was a tween, I was too busy playing with Legos and frankly couldn’t see the usefulness of adding two more holes to one’s head. Somewhere in high school or college, I realized that earrings weren’t such a bad idea. And then it only took me 10 more years of clip-ons to make up my mind and do something about it.
So Saturday, I marched myself down to the local tattoo parlor. I was probably overreacting but I just couldn’t bring myself to go over to Claire’s and have it done by a 16-year-old… in the mall. I just knew I’d be stuck with unevenness or other disastrous result.
The place was deserted at 1:30pm in the afternoon. This is lucky because I didn’t have time to wait around and talk myself out of it. I was inwardly freaking out more than is rational but I held it together. I almost bolted back out the door when the nice man told me that all earring options included little faux diamonds. Hmm.. Clearly I’ve been watching a lot of Toddlers&Tiaras because this was my mental image:
And then, my next thought was you know what? you work from home. Deal with the little diamonds. Okay. So, then I selected 14K gold because I have somewhat temperamental skin. And then all of a sudden we were done.
It was a total non-event. The actual piercing hurt significantly less than say… skinning your knee in the parking lot, or getting stung on the face by a yellow jacket. (Yes I have done both this summer.) And the discomfort following the piercing hurt significantly less than say… wearing clip-on earrings. Those buggers HURT.
When I looked in the mirror, I was pleasantly surprised to see… NO little diamonds at all. Don’t know how I misunderstood. Probably couldn’t hear the man correctly over my internal freak out. Anyway I’m pretty happy about the whole situation. Yes they are even. And yes I have completely attached earlobes. Had the honor of displaying them in every biology/genetics class I ever took.