So I called my local tattoo parlor, explained what I wanted and they were 100% on board. I asked if we could come in that day (Sunday) to just look around and get Cora used to the place before her Tuesday night appointment. When I got there, there young man behind the counter went above and beyond answering any questions we had, letting Cora look at any number of of possible studs, and even taking us on a tour of the place culminating in Cora getting to feed the fish in the parlor aquarium.
When The Big Day came Cora was too excited for words. I picked her up from school and we headed out. The parlor was a bit more busy and raucous on a Tuesday night than it had been at noon on Sunday so I was very glad we'd gone in ahead of time in a more sedate environment. Loud music was playing, two folks were already mid-tattoo and three college girls were waiting in the lobby. As we walked in, another woman was walking out. She heard me say to Cora "Are you sure you want to do this?" I noticed that this woman turned around and followed us back inside the parlor. That was the first of a few times I had to explain: "Ears. We're getting her ears pierced - that's all." I always let Cora dress herself. That day she had done things up right. She had on a jean jacket, a neon teal, pink and yellow ruffled dress, and rainbow striped leggings. :) Along with that she had insisted on bringing her giant stuffed Nala lion (from The Lion King). Imagine THAT sitting in your local tattoo parlor on a Tuesday evening. I got the biggest kick out of it.
|Cora pre-event with the look of "Holy crap I'm excited and terrified all at once"|
Without going into another short novel, the procedure went wonderfully! The first ear was so fast Cora didn't even know it was done. The second one did see some tears only because she knew what was happening by that point and was a ball of nerves. She told me after it didn't hurt - she cried from being scared. All the guys in the parlor who didn't have clients had come to the back and gathered around to watch. Once the second hole was done and Cora had very quickly dried her tears after getting the mirror to admire her new jewels, they all broke into applause and one nice young dude brought her a sucker.
|The deed is done - complete with huge "after event" gumball!|
All in all a wonderful experience. When Milly asks the "big question" in a few years, I know where we'll be going!