You see little girls not far removed from infancy with earrings, too. But they probably didn’t get them of their own volition, some of them still being younger than the talking age. Some parents like to grow their kids up fast. Bad idea; the teenage years will come before they’re ready for them anyway.
And we won’t even go into the tattooing craze. Each generation has to be a little more in-your-face than the last one. Where do we go from here? At least earrings and studs can be readily removed if the wearer gets tired of them.
So far no such questions have arisen over our grandsons. Problems with boys are of a different nature.
A couple of them, as I understand it, have had confrontations of a physical nature in school – and received varying degrees of discipline for it. I hasten to add the names are being withheld to protect the guilty.
Kids eventually grow up. And have kids of their own. And it starts all over again.
Jim Bailey’s column appears on Wednesday. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.