When I was about seven years' old, my best friend had her ears pierced. She had blonde hair, blue eyes and wore what I thought were the coolest sleepers I'd ever seen. I desperately wanted to look like her.
Clearly, I needed my ears piereced, too.Hoping for an easy agreement, I approached my mum, who gave the time-honoured "Ask your father."Crap.
So, I steeled myself. My dad was (still is) an intimidating man. Very strict. VERY old-fashioned. But I asked. And was (inevitably) refused.
"Not until you're 16," came the answer...and then came the longest nine years of my life, or so it felt at the time! Oh, how I resented my father for that inexplicable decision. I was one of a handful of high-school age girls who had naked ears. Clip-ons hurt and looked plain stupid. I felt I'd never be cool enough.
Finally, the day of my sweet sixteen dawned and you could not get me in that ear piercing chair fast enough. Of course, it wasn't the life-changing experience I'd anticipated, but at last I felt like...well, I guess a bit like a woman.
So, I've been thinking about when is the right age for my girls to have theirs' done...because there is no way in hell I will make them wait like I had to. But neither do I want them to be wandering around in earrings before they're really appropriate.
I'm opening up to the floor - what do you think is the 'right' age for girls (or boys) to pierce their ears?