My youngest daughter has avoided getting her ears pierced for 15 years!! She finally took the plunge on Saturday (she didn't want to be like Oprah and get them pierced at 50). Fear has held her back from a lot of things, but the last year has been full of new and exciting things for her. But, isn't that what growing up is all about....spreading the wings and finding your strength? Now, as a parent, the balancing act is allowing this and keeping them safe and healthy. That, I'm sure, I'll figure out when the grandchildren come along. Until then, I will continue the nail biting and growing gray hair.