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Mary Claire Got Her Ears Pierced. Almost.

2011 May 15
by Pamela

Mary Claire has been wanting her ears pierced for awhile now, but has been too scared about the pain involved.  This is the kid who hid underneath the examining table at the pediatrician’s office for her immunization, screaming the entire time while the nurse had to get on all fours to reach her.  And why yes, she is five-years-old.  Even her two-year-old sister, who is never short on drama, thought that display was over-the-top.

So she was intent on getting them done for awhile, but then there was that little misunderstanding about Brittney’s piercing and I didn’t hear anymore about it until recently.  Somewhere she got a burst of bravery though and decided now was the time.  We settled on a Saturday when Bob could meet us at the mall after teaching.  I dropped Elizabeth off at my parent’s house and off we went. 

But before you can get your ear’s pierced, you need a gumball.  It’s the five-year-old version of a tequila shot before getting tattooed.

Mary Claire picked out her perspective earrings, pink Hello Kitty ones.  She was quite confident until it was actually her turn to get in the chair.  Then she waffled a bit.  Daddy gave her a little pep talk, but the reality of PAIN was setting in.

This picture cracks me up because she literally would not take her hand off her ear, even though no one had even touched it yet.

She decided a bite to eat would bring her courage back, so off to Olga’s and $25 later, we were back at the jewelry store.  But she couldn’t do it.  She cried the whole way home, sad because she wasn’t a “big girl” and was mad at herself for being so scared.  It was really so pitiful and I felt sorry for her.  We’ve all been in situations when we wanted to do something but felt paralyzed by the fear. 

It was a tough situation to be in as a parent as well.  We tried to give her some “You can do this!”  speeches, but I also felt like it was important for her to learn to listen to the hesitation.  Although it wasn’t a dangerous situation, unfortunately she is going to be in them someday and I want her to trust herself in those cases.  All this was swirling through my head, plus the fact that we just spent two hours at the mall for nothing.  But hey, I snapped photos the whole time and knew if nothing else it could be a blog post. 

In the end, I hope we underscored the most important lesson:  Daddy and Mommy love you no matter and will always, always be there for you.

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  1. jenny baugh permalink
    May 15, 2011

    Tell Mary Claire that she is in good company. Dana decided when she was 12 that she wanted her ears pierced. We did the exact same thing as you all did. Went to the mall and when it came time to do it she just couldn’t. Too afraid of the pain. We left with her upset with herself because she couldn’t go through with it. To this day she still has not gotten up the nerve to try again. Not sure she will. lol Tell Mary Claire this story, might make her feel better since Dana was way older. :)

    • Pamela permalink*
      May 19, 2011

      Oh my goodness, that’s sweet. I never realized how many girls waited so long to get them done.
      Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Tim permalink
    May 15, 2011

    We have held the girls off of the ear’s being pierced here at the Ferrier homestead. LOL. We’re saving it for a coming of age at 10 years, sort of a milestone kind of thing, Julie turns 10 this fall. So far she says that she wants them and even tried to get me to cave and let her have them earlier but no dice for her, she has to at least wait until her Birthday month. Then we’ll see if it being a coming of age ritual will give her the courage to endure the pain and find a set of earrings that suit the occasion.

    • Pamela permalink*
      May 19, 2011

      Let me know how that goes for her. Maybe we’ll try the same thing. Or we could just buy her a pocket knife like your boys get. :)

  3. Maria Kalep permalink
    June 10, 2011

    If it makes Mary Claire feel any better, Molly cried while i sat getting my ears pierced! She was 6 and I was only 3!

    • Pamela permalink*
      June 11, 2011

      so funny! when did she finally get hers done? thanks for sharing that one!

  4. Maria Kalep permalink
    June 11, 2011

    She made me go first, and got hers done right after she saw i was all happy!!

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