Saturday, April 23, 2005

Self-mutilation

Got my ears pierced today. I'm 32, and the oh-so-cerebral Piercing Specialist at Claire's Boutique (swarmed with 12-year-olds with $5 to spend on crappy accessories) was more than happy to point this out. Three times. At first, in junior high and high school, I was more than happy to be different and buck the system. Screw you and your hole-in-each-ear clique! But hell yeah did I buy and wear multiple Swatch watches and Bugle Boy jeans, so I'm not sure what point I was making... Then more recently I attributed my virgin lobes to a sort-of solidarity with my maternal grandmother (who totally rocked!). But then the only reason she wore those god-awful clip-ons was because she was terrified of the pain of piercing. Which I'm not. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized nobody really cared whether I was making a point or not. It's not like grown or even partially grown women immediately check out the piercing status of other women. We all look at shoes, of course, and sometimes other clearly visible accessories. Like purses. Yeah mainly just purses and shoes. But never, unless I surreptitiously point out the fact that my earlobes are bare, do people notice my statement. And even then the reaction is usually, "Oh." So that's it. Now I have sparkly lilac studs (one of 30 sparkly choices the Piercing Specialist gave me) and my 3-year-old thinks I'm the bomb. Which is the best reaction I could ask for, really. There's nothing quite as affirming as having kids think you're cool.

5 Comments:

Blogger Puck said...

Thought you had a band thingy up higher on your ear at one time in OR... suppose it must have been a clip on.

Otherwise... you're right, I didn't notice either :( but then I miss out on noticing lots of things.

How 'bout men getting a mono-piercing? Then there's the sheer terror involved of thinking afterwards that you accidentally might have asked them to pierce the "gay ear". (It's even worse when you ARE gay but closeted.)

That's all just so... Mr. Clean.

4/23/2005 9:04 PM  
Blogger Montana1 said...

My beautiful daughter, the one you coach, pierced her ears a year ago. She started a trend amongst her buds. After a game one sunday, she said, "Dad, can we go to the mall and get my ears pierced?" After almost saying yes, I decided to call her mom. We got the a-ok and the deed was done. Well, after a month or so of cleaning pain, she decided to pull the studs and let the holes close. Once again, some of her friends followed suit. It just wasn't as cool as they imagined. My daughter, the pragmatist, said she would pierce her ears again when she felt ready. It may be 22 years from now, but that's good by me.

4/24/2005 7:52 AM  
Blogger shade kingsilver crocket said...

I am such a wuss. I had my ears pierced against my will at 3 years old. Maybe I can attribute that to the reason I won't get anymore piercings or a tattoo. A lemon dum dum just isn't reward enough for the unsuspecting sting and sparkly studs (which even at 3 I resented). Now, at 29, I'd like to get a tattoo, but oh the pain. It's sad really. Anyway, nice blog. check mine out if you get a second.

4/24/2005 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW- I really miss you at soccer practice, as do the girls. Get the deed done and come on back. We need you...

4/24/2005 12:21 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

In response... yeah, I had a corner of my ear pierced for a quite a while. Another statement-type-adornement that didn't really serve a purpose. And it hurt like hell to sleep on it, forcing me to cup my hand around my ear all night... anyway, it looked a little bit lesbian, which I don't have a problem with in general, but once I started playing on a women's semi-pro football team I had to counter with a little femininity, so bye-bye corner-of-ear-ring.

4/26/2005 9:31 AM  

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