This Week's Big Development
Today is Madison's last day in her K-2 school, she's "graduating" and next year will be in a building that is grades 3-5. At some point over the last month or so (and after a few hundred heartfelt requests) she and Gwen worked out a plan to pierce her ears as an element of this passage, so that by the time she gets to her "big" school next year she'll be through the process with these initial earrings and able to appropriately accessorize.
Needless to say it was a pretty big moment, and something she was looking forward to and talking about for weeks. It also gave us the chance to apply some extremely powerful non-seasonal Shock And Awe, in the form of threats to cancel the piercing appointment, and of course we like to use every option currently available in our parenting arsenal.
This was not a development I particularly relished, and I actually felt a little bit sad about it as we ticked down the days to last Saturday, when Gwen and my sister went with Madison - who by all accounts was extremely brave and smiled through the whole event at a local jewelry store. Perfect little ears getting a hole punched in them, for the purposes of adornment, was not high on my agenda.
But it was something she wanted, many others in her world had already blazed the relatively harmless trail, and even though it caused my mind to fast-forward for a minute to boys, and cars, college graduation, getting married and moving out, I somehow got through it, and with the exception of these colorful little chips now hanging from our 8-year-old's ears, our world is pretty much the same.
For the moment.