EnlightenmentPosted: January 7, 2011
Me (frowning at glittering bit of diamante on niece’s wrist and cocking head to one side): What is that?
Niece: A piercing
Me: A what?!
Niece (in bored tone): A piercing
Me: (flipping wrist over as I assumed it went through to the other side. Don’t laff) Are you serious? How does it stay in?
Niece (still bored): Theres a bit under the skin that holds it in place.
Me: (totally alarmed) But aren’t you afraid it’s going to sink into your arm, travel through your body, block an artery and kill you instantly?
Ok- so I didn’t actually say that last comment to her but I certainly thought it. What I actually said was a comparatively undramatic, “oh”.
I’ve seen much more extreme piercing and body modifications before so I wasn’t so much surprised by the actual thing itself as I was that my niece just didn’t seem like a likely candidate to have a procedure like this done, but hey- what do I know? Shes growing into her own person and I’m sure she has a hundred more surprises in store for us. Is this type of piercing high fashion now or is it still the preserve of the alternative few? I am CLEARLY out of touch with what teenagers do to themselves these days so if you are as unknowing as me, just google “dermal piercing” and have your mind boggled.
PS- Happy new year!