Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Rite of Passage

Everyone has their own opinion about when/if a girl should get her ears pierced, and it is usually affected by our own experience. Case in point: I had my ears pierced when I was 4, so when Katie brought it up a few months ago, Adam and I told her she could do it when she was 4 if she wanted. Since then, I have worried about it and every time she mentioned it, I asked again if she was sure, etc. A few weeks ago, she asked, exasperated, "Why do you keep asking me that?! I want to get my ears pierced!" So, I backed off and just waited for her birthday. Sure enough, she was ready, and so brave!

I took her to WalMart (they have rounded backs that cover the post, and Claire's didn't), and let her pick out the earrings she wanted. Of course, she picked out the most expensive (and prettiest) ones, a pink CZ in the shape of a heart (I love them, I'm so happy everytime I look at her!). Anne has been visiting, so she went with us, and I'm so glad she did! It was a much more fun outing with all of us, and Anne brought her camera so there are pictures to remember the moment.

The "before" picture:

The brave, but serious, look:

The "after" picture:

I was happy we went to WalMart because the ladies were so nice, and they gave her a sticker, a bracelet, and a Certificate of Bravery afterward, which made her feel like a million bucks (as if the earrings didn't!). She was so brave, didn't cry or fuss, and has been good so far about cleaning and turning them. So proud of my big girl!


Stephanie said...

Oh, she looks so cute! I had to wait until I was 8!

Jen, Gabe and kiddos said...

Grace has been asking to get hers pierced too, but I'm worried about her letting me clean them! Keep me posted on how Katie does. :) She is darling!

Rachel said...

The first time I cleaned them, Katie cried. Since then, not any fuss at all. She will let me clean them as long as I let her turn them herself.