Friday, May 07, 2010

A Right Of Passage...

She had been wanting to get her ears pierced for almost a year.  
This was going to be our second kick at the can.  
The first time she couldn't go through with it.
She was determined to conquer her fear.
It was hard to take pictures with one hand.  
She was holding the other... tightly.
The circulation has still not fully returned.
My poor sweet baby.
She's trying so hard to be brave.
How could I let them do this?
I just stood by and let it happen.
But it was a right of passage I couldn't deny her.
She didn't cry.
Not one tear.
She was my little soldier.
This photo says it all.  While this may not be the most perfectly executed shot of the week, it is definitely my favourite.

Was this day important?  I think so.
Her relief at having gone through with it, resulted in giddiness.

Today she realized that when you really want something, letting the fear of the unknown paralyze you, can be far worse than taking action.  

This knowledge, I want her to hold on to and remember.  
I want her to take it with her into the world.  
It will serve her well.

The smile you see above did not leave her face all evening.
In fact I just went to check on her, and she is still smiling in her sleep.

My baby has pierced ears.

And mom survived to tell the story.

Happy Mother's Day 

Remember to be good to yourselves this weekend, and every day after that, for that matter.  
Because as we all know...if Mom isn't happy, ain't nobody happy : )

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  1. So very sweet.

    Happy Mother's Day!

  2. Ahh..thats adorable..I LOVE the black and white one as she is waiting for the unknown...
    Brave little beauty...with cute earrings to boot!

  3. That last picture is priceless! She is just too precious. Happy Mother's Day.

  4. Congrats to your daughter and to you! What a big milestone. I always tell people make sure both ears are pierced at the same time - makes all the difference. She looks so lovely.

  5. oh! what excitement! my daughter got hers done for her 8th birthday, just a few months ago. same story...had sat in the chair before, but fear took over and she couldn't go through with it. this last time, i made her wait and wait until she turned 8. even down to the day! and she wanted them so bad that there were no tears. isn't it great to watch your child conquer her fears? such a learning moment.

  6. I remember the day I was allowed to get my ears pierced - it was 2nd grade. I'm now 24 and that day still sticks with me! So awesome that you were able to document it!

  7. Congrats to her on getting them pierced. And how awesome that you got to document the big moment:) I'm not looking forward to when Mamacita has hers done, only because it means she'll be a few years older than she is now & I'm a big baby on the kids growing up.

  8. That brought back so many memories of this same rite of passage with my two girls. I hope she enjoys her pretty earrings.

  9. Oh, so brave! And look at that smile!

    I have boys, so I don't think we'll be doing this...or at least I hope not! LOL!

    I hopped over from Better in Bulk!

  10. That smile says it all....and she faced down her fear for a desired outcome. Congratulations!

    Enjoy this beautiful day and you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!!!

  11. Reminds me of when I got my ears pierced when I was 9. My Granny, who is now 91, took me. My mother about died and never would have agreed to it!
    Happy Mother's Day!

  12. So cute, I love that last photo, she is so proud :)

  13. I had been expressly forbidden to get my ears pierced by my mother, who said I had to wait till I was 18. This, my 10-year old self decided, was ridiculous.

    So that summer while visiting my dad's family I mentioned that I had always wanted to get my ears pierced and my uncle said, "Well I'll take you."

    I was always such a good girl it didn't occur to ANYONE that I would be suggesting doing something I had been expressly forbidden to do.

    So I got my ears pierced.

    I got home, and my mother didn't speak to me for a week. ; )

    And tell your daughter, "Way to go!!"

  14. Aww, she did a great job! My girls have had theirs pierced for awhile now, but I still remember how anxious I was.

  15. Oh, man, that B&W photo is perfect! Love it, love it. Happy Mother's Day!

  16. Great post Dana! Good for her - she did it! I love the last photo - she looks so happy.

    Are you still wearing your mittens? I hope the weekend was a little warmer for you!


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