DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: Our granddaughter is a beautiful young woman. Unlike her sisters and some of her closest frieds, she has never been into funky hairstyles or even much makeup.
We had no idea she had ear gauges until we saw her at her bridal shower. It came as quite a surprise! Her then husband-to-be, a good-looking guy, also has them, great big ones, only he had his holes plugged.
Funny enough, up until this point, our granddaughter didn’t have so much as a pierced ear, or pierced anything for that matter, and I remember her saying one of her friends was spending a fortune on what she thought was a hideous sleeve tattoo.
Over the years I have gotten used to people having all sorts of piercings and tattoos. Last year my wife and I even got our first tattoos (our children’s and grandchildren’s initials) and have considered getting ones in honor of our parents.
I admire how some body art can enhance and be an expression of individuality, but I do not see earlobe stretching as one of those enhancements. It just plain looks weird, weirder when nothing is in the holes!
Have I crossed some invisible line and become an old fuddy-duddy, as my dad used to call stuffy old guys? --- DON’T GET THE GAUGES
DEAR DON’T GET THE GAUGES: I don’t think you’re necessarily a fuddy-duddy. On the contrary, you sound like you’re generally open to various forms of body art, and even sport some of your own.
As to your feelings on the subject of ear stretching, you’re entitled to your own opinions, which might be subject to change over time.
In this instance, it may’ve been the unexpectedness of seeing ear gauges on your granddaughter that played into your being turned off by them.