Originally uploaded by jenijen
Sophie has been begging to get her ears pierced ever since she realized that a few girls in her class were sporting tiny little dolphin or heart-shaped studs. I made her clear it with her dad, and then gave her the green light. This was around Easter sometime, and I finally made good on my promise yesterday.
I didn’t want to take her to the mall, where she’d get her ears pierced by a too-young kid with a piercing gun, so I called the body piercing studio where I had my nose pierced. She wasn’t busy when we called, so we (Willow came along) headed over.
I am SO GLAD we went to her.
Instead of quickly putting two target dots on her ears and then doing the piercing, she carefully looked at each of Soph’s ears and pointed out to me just how (normally) differently shaped they are. She put the dots in the right place, for each ear, telling me that instead of just making them totally even to each other, she’d put them in the best spot on each ear. Then, she put a cork behind her earlobe and did the piercing by hand, using the jewelry.
I was a little afraid that Sophie would be clinging to the ceiling after the first attempt, but not only did she not cry at all, she sat perfectly still. Just before we left the house, I gently combed her hair, and she shrieked and writhed about. I am so onto her now.
She is so happy with her tiny pink and green flowers. I think I’d really rather she waited until she was a little older, but chances are I’ll always feel that way. She does look really cute.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and have a kid who wants their ears pierced, this is the place to go. True, you are going to pay twice or more than what you’ll be charged at the mall, but it’s worth it for the skill, care, and attention you’ll get.
I’m thinking about going back and having her repierce my nose, but I can’t decide if I really want to.