I realize there are huge problems in the world. I really do. I understand that there are wars, famine, drugs…all those things are real and hard and sad. But can we, just for a second, talk about my problems? I feel I need to share that for the past month, my very best bra in the world was missing the underwire on one side. And being that it is the best bra I own, I continued to wear it, asymmetrically challenged and all. You might be wondering why I wouldn’t just run over to the mall and get another one, then again, you might just be wondering why I’d share publically a story about my undergarments. You are right to be concerned on all accounts.
Finally Friday night rolled around, and with a bit of a break in my nursing school schedule, I made a date night with my daughter to head over to the mall for a little “Mommy and Faith” time. Oddly enough, it sounds like I had some sort of revival, and I guess you could say, in a way, I did. Faith is eight years old, very sweet, and full of zest for any kind of adventure. Spending any amount of time with her tends to make a person feel alive and happy. Faith’s been asking to get her ears pierced for a few months now, and we decided that time had finally arrived! And what better way to spend an evening, than to make memories with a good friend? Fancy Boots Alicia and her daughter Josie met us for dinner, then together we walked to Claire’s to take the plunge.
Faith went first…she sat and listened to the young girl who was about to put holes in my little girl’s head. All I could do was watch and wonder if she was using sterile technique. I looked at the piercing gun and thought about all the different blood borne diseases I’ve learned about recently. Then I wondered how come some 17 year old girl is allowed to use that kind of equipment without going to nursing school. I asked her about what kind of training she’d had. She said, “Oh, I watched a ton of videos”. Her response did not allay my fears.
Faith wasn’t afraid though. She sat completely still as “Jasmine” marked her ears and asked me to look and make sure they were equal. I guess they didn’t teach her that on the videos. When it was time to inject the lobe, Faith looked straight ahead and barely flinched. Both ears were done in less than a minute, and suddenly my little girl wore earrings. Fittingly she smiled from ear to ear, while looking in the mirror at herself. Over and over she said, “I can’t believe I just got my ears pierced!”
Josie went next, and handled it wonderfully. Alicia and I watched the girls peruse all the hundreds of earrings to pick out something special. I felt that we mom’s needed to get sparkling tiaras, and perhaps a fancy sash that said “best mom ever” but in the end it wasn’t about us, but all about our girls.
And speaking of “the girls”, after all the ear piercing excitement, Faith and I headed over to the Body Gap and I bought myself a couple of new bras. Faith informed me that she also needed a bra, but after a little discussion, we decided we’d wait a little while on that, and just focus for now on our ears, rather than, um, other stuff. And I’m happy to report, not only are Faith’s ears symmetrical, but once again, so am I.
Faith and I wrapped up our fun night in my bed cuddling and catching up on a few shows we’ve missed due to my crazy schedule. I told her I was so happy to get to spend the evening with her, and how pretty she looked with her new bejeweled little ears. She was so proud of herself and couldn’t wait to show her new look to her daddy. To us as parents, this particular night represents another link in the chain of our daughter’s childhood. Part of me loves to see her becoming a young lady, and part of me is completely heartbroken that she is no longer my baby girl. And so on Monday, when I feel the heavy burden of Nursing school weighing me down, I will cling to the memories our family continues to make, and thank the Good Lord for a night of revival with my sweet Faith.