Faint of heart

Last week I was at a Claire's boutique, looking to buy a few ridiculously unnecessary but festive accessories for St. Patrick's day.  Two girls came in to get additional piercings.  The clerk was all of 21, but she still asked them if they were 18.  She did not request ID.  I get it- I doubt if Claire's pays her enough that she should go all Cops on them.  

A discussion ensued about their desired piercings.  They were there for cartilage pokes. As they sidled up to the mirror to demonstrate the geography they wished to perforate, I felt my stomach start to flutter and I became dizzy.  These were really cute girls, and they already had a big jeweled presence on their lobes and ear rims.  I started fixating about how they could sleep with the arrow jutting from their ear tops. Lobes might meld together, but a hole in the cuff of the ear -it seems more permanent.  I had a mad hot flash, and left the store to ventilate in the mall. The other customer interrupted the prospective surgery, and calmly paid for eight sets of fairy wings for her daughter's birthday party. Will that fairy princess someday add a stud to her cartilage?  My St. Patrick's festivities were unembellished by green boas.  I needed to get out, get air and get home.  

 I think I am glad I did not have daughters. Too many piercings looks like desecration to me. To You?

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  • I agree. At some point, the sexiness of a well placed piercing turns to disgust at the mutilation of the human body.

  • I have 2 step daughters, and one of them at age 15 started with the piercings, gauging I think is what its called. You put what looks like hub caps in your ears and it stretches out the lobe. She is now 21 and her ear lobes are totally damaged. She has to wear her hair over her ears for work, school and I am sure when she is out of college, she will need surgery to repair them. I do not now or ever understand the logic of this. It is not attractive yet there is a whole culture out there doing this. I have one daughter, and thank the good Lord she never did more than pierce her ears, no tatoos or any other thing.....

  • One day they will be 80 years old and their earlobes will hang down to their shoulders.

  • I have two daughters - 25 and 23 years old. Luckily they did not go for the desecration of their ears. They each only have double piercings, which is quite common.

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