I have been contacted by several parties in objection to my refusal to let Mimi keep her ears pierced. I wish to say these things:
1. The piercing was wildly crooked and would never have actually been attractive as a hole in which earrings were placed.
2. Naomi had no desire to finish her piercings. She is tough, and determined as heck, but she didn't want to continue with the pin-pokings after her initial success.
3. She is four, and mercurial (my dad's word) even for the average four-year old. What she wants today is certainly not guaranteed to be what she wants tomorrow.
4. Our family rule sets the ear-piercing age at 12. I think girls at 12 are old enough to take care of their own ear holes, thus reducing the risk of infection. (Edited to add: This rule is based on my own red, swollen ear experience for several years. And I was 12. I am certainly not suggesting that this rule ought to be standard for all families.)
5. Since I am no longer teaching, I cannot aspire to "Meanest Teacher of the Year" award. This leaves me with "Meanest Mom in the World" as my only option.