I Have Holes in My HeadWoman in the Middle | January 18, 2013
When I turned thirteen years old my mother let me get my ears pierced. Other than the fact that I ended up with holes in my ears I have no memory of the event. I don’t even remember if it was painful. I do remember the thrill of getting to wear earrings. It made me feel so grown up! I also remember that I had to keep the little gold balls in for several weeks and wipe them with alcohol to prevent infection. But the thrill of getting to wear earrings more than made up for the inconvenience.
Fast forward fifteen years and I had my first baby. Little babies like to reach for earrings so I started wearing them less and less. Add to that the dratted nickel allergy that caused some issues and before you know it first one hole then the other closed up and I didn’t wear earrings for many many years. I decided to rectify that situation and on December 31st I went to the mall, with Youngest Daughter to offer moral support, and got my ears repierced. Here are my observations on the “hole” process:
1. Sleeping with earrings on is just as annoying now as it has ever been.
2. While I look forward to being able to wear earrings again, I am not nearly as excited at 51 as I was at 13.
3. Sending a pointed piece of metal though the earlobe at a high rate of speed hurts. I may have forgotten that fact from my ear piercing at 13 but I will never forget it from my piercing at 51. It was a fascinating combination of a nasty stinging sensation and the feeling that someone was grabbing my earlobe and pinching it very hard. Nothing to keep me from doing it again but definitely not pleasant.
4. Those people who pierce their babies earlobes are just mean. Having had it done again reminded me how much it hurt. I can not IMAGINE doing that to an infant. I don’t care if everyone thinks your little girl is a boy. DON”T DO IT!
5. I have already started spiffing up my long outdated earring wardrobe. I can’t wait to start wearing more earrings !
6. Once again, people who say I have holes in my head will be making an accurate statement.