folks, i used the past weeks to grow up. i got to spend two wonderful weeks with my baby and the more good-bye’s we have the harder it is for me. and for us.
but more on the growing up part. when i was 14 i got a piercing. not just the lame nose stud or the eyebrow – i got my tongue pierced. yes, you heard that right, my poor mom allowed me at age 14 to get my tongue pierced.
now for all of this to make more sense (or not) you have to understand that my sister was allowed to get a tattoo so i begged my mom, fairness and all, to allow me to get something as well. eventually, she did her “whatever” thing and i had my permission. little did she know that the radical in me would take over. i wanted to be different, i wanted a special piercing. and i also wanted something that was not immediately visible. so i decided to get my tongue pierced.
was my mom pleased? oooooh well, let’s just say that she doubted her parenting skills big time. would i have allowed my daughter to get ANY type of piercing at age 14? HELL NO!
the piercing was my thing. i was proud of it and it soon became my signature thing. it was not immediately visible and i liked that because it wasn’t such an “in your face”-thing. some people have known me for years and never noticed the piercing.
on december 16 i decided to grow up. after several days of taking the piercing out and putting it back in i decided to leave it out for good. the first comment i got? “you’re an adult now”.
it’s not that i did not feel like a grown-up with the piercing. it was ok for the last 14 years – it felt good, it was a part of me just like my hair cut or my shoes. but for every choice you make there comes a time when you question it.
i was at that point a few years ago but decided to keep it. on december 16 it was time to let go. welcome to adulthood.
by the way, if any of you wonder what it feels like to take a piercing out after so many years…i can tell that my tongue movements have adjusted to it quite a bit over the years. i make what now feels like weird movements with my tongue when brushing my teeth or when eating. there was no problem with the hole closing up and it doesn’t appear to be much of a scar. i seem to be talking fairly normal and don’t lisp. the movements will subside eventually (i hope).
i’m curious for people’s reaction. in fact i wonder if they will even notice. thus far i told one friend and she immediately replied “you’re a grown-up now”. funny, he?
are you a gown up?
ps: this is my 600th post! what a great topic for a 600th post