Pierced

Rob's earring
Yup. I did it this morning. 4 mm titanium ball.

The inevitable question is ‘why did you pierce your ear?’ so I thought I’d try and spell it out for you.

Rob-and-piercing-gun1. Just because. I’ve wanted to for a long time. You know, just ’cause.

2. I have to feed my rebellious side occasionally.

3. I want to begin my dream of becoming more bionic.

4. It reminds me of my commitment to God.

Maybe that sounds weird but there really is some truth to it. Hear me out…

Before today I only wore one piece of jewelry. It’s a gold ring that I wear on my left “ring finger”. I wear it because it’s a reminder of my commitment to my wife.

Starting today I am wearing a new piece of jewelry. It’s a titanium ball on my left ear lobe. I wear it because it’s a reminder of my commitment to my God.

When I see it, many thoughts go through my mind, but one of them is that reminder of my commitment to continually pursue God’s best for me.

There is a bit of a precedent too. In early Hebrew culture, slavery was a way of life. After six years slaves were allowed to leave. But if the slave gave up his freedom and wanted to stay a slave to his master, the master was to pierce his ear as a mark of that commitment and sacrifice given.

I recognize some of the cultural nuisances that it has even dating back to very early human civilizations. But I’m okay with that. Cultural mores change and adjust.

Rob-on-floor-after-piercingSo this morning Patricia and I went to get it done at Claire’s. It really didn’t hurt at all. No blood either.

It didn’t bother me at all until she showed me how to clean it. Once I started wiggling it around I started to feel flush and so I stretched out on the floor for a few minutes.

Tough guy image out the door.

But there you go. That’s the story. Truth be told it’s been several years in the making.

I plan for it to stay there indefinitely. I guess until my body rejects the titanium or I wake up one day and think ‘that’s a stupid way to show your commitment to anything!’

So there you have it.

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  • You’re brave! I had my ears pierced when I was a young girl…I don’t even remember it. But, if I were to get it done now as an adult, I would be a bit scared. We took our oldest daughter to get hers pierced for the first time about 6 months ago and I was so nervous for her, I had to stand at the front of the store. I couldn’t even look while they were doing it because I was afraid she might cry and the whole thing just made me nervous for her. She did great though and didn’t even cry. Anyway, that’s cool that you decided to go for it!

  • Wow. I had no idea. What other surprises you got up your sleeve?
    As for the turning it to clean…when I was 6 yrs old, I had the same response. And as a result, I refused to turn it or let anyone else turn it, and the thing got so infected! It was disgusting! It was so infected that my whole family had to pin me down and my dad had to use pliers to get it out! YOUCH! So, learn from me…turn that thing!

  • Nice!

  • Cool. That’s the best reason I’ve heard for an earring.

    When will there be a tattoo?

    Your explanation of why you got your ear pierced is the closest description of the vague notions floating around in my mind for a tattoo. I have been thinking about getting a tattoo for a few years but haven’t done it yet.

  • rob

    Thanks, everyone.

    @Becky : I don’t consider it brave, but appreciate the compliment. I only back down from that word in case you and I are in a situation that calls for bravery and you look at me and say, “well, you’ve got the earing — you do it!”

    @Jill : You never know what else I’ve got up my sleeve. But for the record, I didn’t have my earing up my sleeve. That’s where a tattoo would go.

    @Kevin : Thanks and stop flirting.

    @Jerry : Which reason were you referring to? I assume the bionic one. I think that’s really cool too. But as for a tat, not me. I’m not against them on other people’s bodies (for the most part anyway). But Biblically, I think it would be symbolically different.

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