To celebrate Maebh going from Sr. Infants to First grade, she asked to have her ears pierced. As she’s 6 and really wanted it and had been talking about it for a few months, we agreed and I took her to Claire’s in Santry. The women started up selling from silver posts to 9 carat gold to 18 carat gold…then from cleaning solution for 3 weeks to the 6 weeks version – grrrr…. I never recalled so many choices. So I obliged and took the 9 carat (which was “much better” than sterling. Seriously, when I was a kid there was one choice and it was called HYPO-ALLERGENIC. Your choices were gold colored studs or silver. Today there was about 30 choices – and Maebh picked hers so we agreed.
When it was time, the two ladies start talking to her and say they are “just going to measure” and then quickly one said, one, two, three and it was done. But Maebh was not ready and moved a bit so the one earring didn’t go through. out comes the tears… and she had to do it again. At 6 years old, it would have been much better to tell her the truth and tell her here is the big pinch so she is prepared. Anyway, after some tears she was fine and is happy with her new flower studs.
I made the attached collage of her bravery!