Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Belly Button Piercing and Porn Shops, Oh My!

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   20 Comments | Posted in birthday · piercing

There are two blog contests I’d like to share with you.  Tony Benson at Fireside Park is offering a contest giveaway of two new paperbacks to celebrate his drive for 200 followers. Check it out!  Also, Karen Lange at Write Now is celebrating her Second Blogoversary with a contest to win a terrific book, Angel Sister, by Ann Gabhart. Click the links! You’ll be glad you did.

On, now, to the belly button and porn shop. *sigh* The things we mothers do for our offspring never ceases to amaze me.

For my daughter Christina’s 17th birthday she wanted only two things:  contact lenses and a pierced belly button. Her big sis, Stephanie, offered to cover the piercing; hubby and I sprang for the contacts.

After researching piercing shops, Stephanie found a reputable place with three locations and strict adherence to sterile and legal practices. So far, so good.

At nine o’clock on a Friday night Christina and a friend, Stephanie and I pulled into the parking lot.  Limited space forced me to park my sensible and matronly Ford 500 sedan not in front of the piercing shop, but further down the way in front of . . .*sigh*. . . a porn shop.  Location, location, location.  More than one odd look came my way when I exited my vehicle accompanied by three young adults, two of them obviously teenagers. The fact that Stephanie’s two miniature Dachshunds came along for the ride completed our ducks-out-of-water scenario.

I confess to never being that close to a porn shop before. I don’t know if I should brag about my moral fortitude or be embarrassed by my naivete.  I might have peeked in the window, maybe, a little, as I rushed the kids past at lightning speed. (“Keep moving, keep moving, nothing to see here, nothing at all, go, go, go!”)  I’ll post about my snooping another time. . .after a few margaritas. Maybe.

A pleasant guy named John pierced my daughter’s belly. His jokes eased her jitters and settled my frantic mommy nerves. The skin just above her navel was first sanitized, then clamped and sanitized a second time.  His latex clad hands took expert hold of a needle the size of a roofing nail and he pushed it by hand—no quick piercing gun like those used for ear piercing—through the skin.  One word to describe the process.  EEEWWW!!!

It took longer to fill out the paperwork prior to the piercing than to get the piercing itself. After the grand event we oohed and aahed at Christina’s newly studded navel and then I speed-walked everyone back to Flossie Ford. (“Hurry, hurry, get in, get in, don’t look to the right, hurry, hurry, hurry!”)

This experience taught me several things. First, I do not want to have a roofing nail shoved through my skin. Ever.  Second, the next time I have to park in front of a porn shop, I’m going to pretend I did it on purpose so strangers will not point and laugh. Third, bonding with my daughters rocks, even when it includes a large tattooed man wielding roofing nails and the unexpected presence of a porn shop. 

Til next time –
Lisa

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20 Responses to "Belly Button Piercing and Porn Shops, Oh My!"

  1. Comment by Dazee Dreamer
    March 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm  

    I think it is awesome you went with your daughter. and thanks for the reason why I will never get anything pierced on my body. now the tattoo's on the other hand, addicted.

  2. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    March 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm  

    Ewwwwww. Hahahaha. But ewwwww.(The things we mommas do. πŸ™‚

  3. Comment by Karen Lange
    March 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm  

    What an adventure. Just think of all the writing ideas you might get from this! :PThanks so much for sharing the info about the giveaway. Appreciate it very much!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm  

    Dazee – My daughter (the older one, age 23) has several tattoos and she wants another one. What is it with the tattoos? They do seem to be addictive. Like a Lay's potato chip, can't have just one!Cathy – Yeah…eeewwww…No other way to put it! Karen – You're right! Fodder for a story. πŸ™‚

  5. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    March 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm  

    It's a new generation, and your adventure story made me laugh out loud. I ran into a book mobile once thinking it was the mammogram traveling van, so, Lisa, it could have been worse for you.

  6. Comment by Sioux
    March 22, 2011 at 11:17 pm  

    You are so right about bonding with a daughter–it's the best!And yes…the sacrifices you make as a mom AND as a writer. Fodder, fodder, fodder.You could write a story just about what the two Dachshunds were thinking as they looked out the window at the porn shop, and then contemplated the crazy things humans do to themselves…

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm  

    Linda – I'll bet you surprised the mobile librarians. πŸ™‚ Funny story. I'd sure like to hear the whole thing!Sioux – Ha! Love the idea of getting into the Dachshunds' heads. That could be pretty funny, especially as both of them have the attention span of a gnat. Great idea!

  8. Comment by jabblog
    March 23, 2011 at 7:46 am  

    I laughed at this but would have been mortified if it had happened to me! As for navel piercing – no thank you, though my three daughters have all had it done (and two of them have taken the studs out and allowed healing)Tattoos are beautiful – but I always wonder how they will look in fifty years' time on old(er) skin.

  9. Comment by Bookie
    March 23, 2011 at 9:47 am  

    This was very interesting to me, although painful to read. What I don't understand is the reason for the belly button thing. Is there an explanation? Just considered beautiful? I understand ears, and to some degree tatoos, but that belly button thing (with roofing nail!) is beyond me for some reason.

  10. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    March 23, 2011 at 10:58 am  

    Lisa, you are so funny! I've only had my ears pierced, once … that is as close as I am going to get to the roofer's nail.

  11. Comment by Susan Fobes
    March 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm  

    Okay, I'm with you on the connection opportunity and the roofing nail rejection. And I want to say something else-OUCH! LOL!

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 23, 2011 at 11:17 pm  

    Jabblog – I agree about the tats. My 23-year-old has shooting stars…I keep telling her by the time she's my age they'll be falling stars. LOLClaudia – No reason other than it dresses up a bikini (another reason I won't be getting one!). I was kidding about the roofing nail, of course. I was actually surprised that they do not reuse their piercing needles. They open a new, sterile package for each piercing (one of the reasons the process isn't cheap).Kathy – LOL Yeah, I with you!Susan – Both my daughters said it looked more painful than it was, and my older daughter says ear piercing hurt more! Hard to believe, huh?

  13. Comment by Lynette Killam
    March 24, 2011 at 11:22 am  

    Have so been there, Lisa! Both my sons wanted lip rings, another area of the body I would not want a nail gun taken to. I'm glad I didn't make a fuss at the time, however, especially now that they're older and have let the piercings close up. Patience and a sense of humour are traits that make parenting a lot less stressful…:)LynetteImagination Lane

  14. Comment by Lynn
    March 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm  

    What a funny story–you're much braver than me. I would not have taken my daughters. On your own baby as I'd probably faint or puke.

  15. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm  

    Lynette – Well said!Lynn – I ended up shutting my eyes after the needle started going through her skin. Ugh! Couldn't watch the whole thing!

  16. Comment by Tony Benson
    March 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm  

    Hi Lisa. I enjoyed your story. I think something like 'Porn and Piercing' would make a great title for a novel about mother/daughter bonding. Maybe your next best seller?Million thanks for the shout for my 200 follwers giveaway. Much appreciated. Good luck with your entry πŸ™‚

  17. Comment by irishoma
    March 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm  

    Hi Lisa,Sorry I'm late on this one, but I so glad I stopped by to check out your post after reading about it on Sioux's.What a funny and sweet story. Your daughter is one lucky girl–actually both of your daughters are.

  18. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm  

    Tony – Great idea! I'll think about that. And…you're welcome! I'm sure you'll reach your 200. :)Donna – Thanks for the kind words. I'm lucky to have such a great relationship with my kids. I don't ever take it for granted.

  19. Comment by Tammy
    March 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm  

    Oh, I could so relate to this! I took my daughter for her navel piercing, too. And am glad I did, because the first place we went to turned out to be a head shop. We were told that the Piercing Dude was out but would take her into the back room when he got back. The second place was like checking into a hospital. Bingo! I would have been the same way with the porn shop!

  20. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    March 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm  

    Hahahaha! How did I not see this post earlier?! Too funny. I would've reacted the same way to both the piercing and porn shop. πŸ™‚ And WOW, I assumed belly button piercing was the same as ear piercing, but yikes, that doesn't sound like fun. I'm proud of you for not fainting!


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