She decided Saturday afternoon that she wanted her ears pierced. NOW. I went over what they do to pierce them, what it would feel like and asked if she still wanted it done. She nodded her head as vehemently as she could.
When we got there, she asked Nick if he would hold her hand. She watched as a much older girl in front of her got her ears pierced, and was happy to see the girl was all smiles afterward. Behind Madeline was a 15-year-old who decided that if Madeline could do it, then so could she, although she was really, really, really nervous. (Madeline went back after we paid to stay with the girl for moral support.)
There were a few tears, of course, but they were gone by the time I paid. She has been ultra-diligent about letting me cleaning her ears, and slowly turning the earrings daily.
Saturday night, she went running down a list of people she wanted to call and tell. Could we call her teacher now? What about The Neighbor Wife? And Mimi (Grandma)? And the next day, she ran to show Sophie and her Aunt. She was so very proud and couldn’t wait to show off her new earrings. Even now, when she sees someone who hasn’t seen them yet, she shows them right away.
Yesterday, on the way to school, she carefully put her hair back behind her ears and looked in a mirror.
“I’m a lady now,” she said.
January 12, 2011, Photo #12 and a few bonus shots
While I was working from home this morning (snow day), I overhead Nick say, “Maddie, Mom is so going to ground us when she sees what we’re up to.”