This is one of those rare thing that must be written down or else I may forget how cute it was.

earrings on christmas tree

I got a Christmas present from someone this morning. Initially, I wanted to keep it for Christmas before I open the present. But my little boy was so restless and want to know what’s inside. So, I let him open the present for me. It is a pair of earrings.

I was wearing the pair of cat earrings at that time. He wanted to put the new pair of earring into my ears so he helped to unhook the pair of cat earrings.

Then, he asked so innocently,

“Mommy, why all girls born with a hole?”

I was momentarily blur with what he meant.

Me, “HUH? What hole? Where?”

He got impatient, like I am asking a very stupid question. “NAYYYYY….ON YOUR EARS! Haiyor, you got hole in your ears, why papa doesn’t have? Why all girls got holes wan?”


Chey…I thought what he meant.

I told him all little girls like his age will be sent to have their ears pierced. Now, I wonder at what age do mommies to daughters bring their daughters to have their ears pierced? I think I had mine done around 8 years old. It was done manually, using a piece of ginger, and a sharp needle. Then, they applied some black medicated oil as antiseptic. Thank God the holes didn’t get infected and grow pus like some girls did. After that, to make sure that the open wound does not grow back and fill up the hole, my mother pierced a piece of the hard stem found in garlic. We would cut the hard stem in the bulb of garlic into tiny stick and pierce on our ears. You see, there were no allergy-free fake, cheap earrings and giving those gold earrings to little girls is not a smart idea as we tend to lose it. So, it was garlic stem for us poor girls.