Thursday, September 25, 2014

Your Ears, Your Decision.

Olive wanted her ears pierced for her birthday.  Ivey decided that she wanted them pierced, as well.  Ivey, being more sensitive in every way, never liked changing them, as just the idea of sticking that metal through her ear made tears fall.  Unlike Olive, whose ears never had a problem, Ivey's sensitive ears would turn red on occasion, causing us to have to take them out, clean, disinfect, and reinsert.

One night, a few weeks ago, Ivey's ear hurt.  She cried (and was, of course, over the top dramatic about the whole thing).  I took the earrings out.  She looked at me with a very serious look and splotched face and cried that she did not want to put them back in.  She did not want earrings anymore.

For a second, I felt a wave of "but we worked for months to get them to heal!".  It only lasted a second.

I knelt down, looked her in the eye, and made sure she knew I was serious. 

"They are your ears.  It is your decision."

Her expression changed instantly.

"Yes.  It is my decision.  I really do not want earrings anymore.  Ever.  Really."

I gave her a hug and told her that I think it was a good decision, and that it is not good for her ears to hurt so much.  Relieved, she left the room.

A few minutes later, she came back in.

"But, will I still be beautiful?"

Her words took my breath away.

I leaned down again, only this time pulling her even closer and looking into her big blue eyes even more deeply.

"Ivey, nothing could ever change how very beautiful you are."

And, with that, the earring experience and three months of ear care were completely worth it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Scout Stuff

Not long ago, the boys became old enough for Boy Scouts.  Given that my brother wasn't into that sort of thing, and, well, I'm a girl, I don't know anything about this Boy Scout business.  In the past few months, I have learned that it can get complicated, it can get expensive, but it is such a wonderful thing for my boys to be a part of.

They have already been to summer camp, a canoeing trip, a camping trip, and participated in a Merit Badge Class Day.  My two boys have always been very independent, and it really shows when I drop them off with a sleeping bag and a backpack, and they don't even look back!  Honestly, I haven't blogged about this yet because taking their picture just seems so uncool.  Thankfully, their Scout Master has a camera phone and my email address!