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Jake came up to me yesterday and said, Mom? Can I get my ears pierced?

The question surprised me but I shrugged. Lemme talk to your mom.

I texted her and she didn't care. I emailed a friend because it seemed like I should have more concern about such an issue with a 8 year old but she said the same thing- they let their daughter pierce her ears quite a while ago.

If they get bored, they can always let the holes close, she noted.

Sure, I finally said to Jake, you can get your ears pierced.

Okay, cool, he said and was on his way to do his homework.

When I tucked him last night, I realized I had not asked why. It's the drawback of being the third child- sometimes in the rush of the day, I forget to slow down enough to ask important questions.

I'm going to be Blackbeard in my class play, he said sweetly. I need to wear earrings for it.

You can just wear clip ons, I said.

Okay, he shrugged.

Slow down. Breathe. Yesterday was a blur of activity. A friend's father is ill, more bad financial news, another is considering a major political race...

and my son wants to be the best Blackbeard he can be.


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That's a great reminder to all of us to slow down. Thanks Sara!

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LOL mine has wanted his done since the age of 3...cause Dad did it 1st

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tell him to ask sara about getting your ears pierced. She just got that cartilage thing done and this past weekend got her lobes done again. ouch. clip ons are the way jake.

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