Ever since Dear Daughter was 5 she's been begging to "have her ears to pierce". I figured I would wait until she knew how to ask before I would agree. My mother didn't let us pierce our ears until we were 12. I've also heard my daughter howl in pain at the top of her lungs when you brush through her hair or she gets a splinter.
Because she just turned 9, I thought it wold be a good time, especially because she was still so excited to do it. We went to Claire's about a week before her birthday, just in time to watch another 9 year old get her ears pierced. Watching that little girl go from near tears to a smile sold both of us on the idea.
So the next week she was sitting in the same seat:
She was a big girl.
Since the ear piercing I've noticed a new sense of maturity. She's becoming a young lady. I'll miss my baby, but I think I could like this new lady in our house.