Getting My Ears Pierced & Why I’ll Never Circumcise My Sons

When I was seven years old, my mom pierced my ears. I assume it involved sticking a potato behind my ear and shoving a giant needle through the lobe.

When I was in high school, I decided (OK, popular trends decided) that it would be cool to have my ears triple-pierced. (It was the mid-to-late 90s.) Once again, I turned to mom. (She also cut my hair until I went away to college … and probably even then too, when I came home on breaks.)

She acquired the necessary ear-piercing supplies via the hospital. (I’m certain she purchased them in the pharmacy.) When the time came, I plopped on the toilet in her bathroom, and she applied some gel to my lobes.

A conversation that I only assume happened:

Me: What’s that?
Mom: It’s what we use to numb the baby boys before circumcision.
Me: …. OK.

Mom jabs needle into my ear.

Mom: What?

Needless to say … my ears were not numb. Somehow, she went through with piercing the other three holes.

However, after the triple piercing was done, we realized the holes were a bit too close together. So, we let them close up a little, and a few weeks later, my mom repierced them. This time she tried a different tactic. With more stuff “from the hospital.”

Another conversation that I only assume happened:

Me: Why do you have a syringe?
Mom: I’m going to give you a shot in the ears to numb them this time.
Me: This better work.

Mom does stuff to my ear.

Mom: Do you feel that?
Me: Feel what?
Mom: You have a giant needle in your earlobe.
Me: Oh. No. Cool.

And about 10 years later I decided triple pierced ears were no longer my thing, and those holes have since closed up.

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For the record, she also pierced her own cartilage (helix). 


There are actually many other reasons why I won’t circumcise my non-existent sons. But I know that is a personal decision for every parent, so I’ll keep all of that to myself. (At least for now.) 

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8 Comments on “Getting My Ears Pierced & Why I’ll Never Circumcise My Sons”

  1. You know, some of us just went to Claire’s for that. 🙂 That’s how I celebrated my 10th birthday. And I went back on my 18th to get my cartilage pierced. That one hurt so bad, I’m seriously impressed your mom did her own! Gosh that’s BA!

    1. Why would I go to Claire’s when mom is free? Also, did you wind up with a cool story from Clarie’s??

      And yeah, mom is pretty bad ass. She’s also gone skydiving, jumped off a waterfall and did a polar plunge off a cruise ship in Alaska. Among other things.

      1. Uh… they gave me a teddy bear to hug while they were doing both my ears at the same time? Sigh. No. Taking me to the mall is just so what my mom would do.

  2. My mom tells the best story about piercing her ears with an ice cube, a needle, and a bottle of vodka when she was in high school. I just have a boring story of having my hair dresser do it when was in like 5 or 6.

  3. well being a mom of a boy who is circumcised, I made this decision after much debate and research, but when he was returned to me, my heart broke. Thankfully I haven’t had to make that decision again.

    1. Awww 🙁 Part of the other reason I’m not on board is my mom alluding to doctors she worked with who “aren’t allowed to perform those any more.” Kind of scary to think about ;-

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