Thursday, April 16, 2009

Out of touch

I'm feeling a little out of my comfort zone these days. I spent yesterday afternoon at a local high school. This is a large, well-respected public high school known for its stellar academic achievement. Call me naive. Call me out of touch. But I was shocked at how many high schoolers I saw with various face piercings. 

Now I know better than to be surprised that teens are doing things that circumvent the law. Just because our state law says you have to be 18 to get a piercing or tattoo, doesn't mean I'm surprised that 15 and 16 year olds are getting them anyway. That's not what caught me off guard. I mean it is the very nature of high school to rebel against authority. What caught me off guard was the sheer number of beautiful young ladies (and men) who had pierced their lips, eyebrows, tongues and noses. Ewww. Really? This is still considered a popular trend?

Kind of made me re-evaluate my to do list this weekend. See, my stepson has a date for the prom next weekend. So this weekend, I was planning to help him get the corsage ordered, coordinated with her dress color of course, and his tux all set. But now I'm thinking maybe all this traditional tux, corsage, prom stuff that I'm familiar with is completely passe. I mean if pretty 15-year-old honor students are piercing their lips and eyebrows, perhaps the whole notion of promwear and tradition has been turned upside down as well. 

Do young men give their dates corsages for prom anymore? I haven't met this girl yet. Geez, I hope she doesn't show up wearing a lip ring. 


Island Rider said...

Yes, to the coursage. Women are still women, not matter how many piercings they have.

Sandcastle Momma said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't get this piercing thing. I just can't wrap my mind around poking a hole in a perfectly good face! Can you imagine visiting a nursing home in 50 years and seeing all of the little old ladies with pierced tongues? LOL

Anonymous said...

Kath, you sound like an old lady!! I'd rather have my kid pierce something (you can always remove it) than tattoo something!!

Remember when having 2 (or more)piercings was considered risque?

NativeMom said...

Alright, Lliba, I'm gonna hold you to this comment. We'll see how ok you are with the boys piercing things when they're a little older. I can only imagine how much Harold will enjoy having his boy walk around with two earrings . . .one in each ear.