So today I find out that my oldest son got his nipples pierced. Not this son, who I wrote about the other day, but his older brother, who I thought was past the age of impulsive stupidity.
No, this is not a photo of his studded glory; I pulled this public domain image from About.com. When you look at this, do you think "beautiful?" Personally, I think "gross," but I might just be old-fashioned.
I suppose I shouldn't be shocked, but I just don't understand this fascination with metallic additions to a person's physique. He already got his ears pierced, and also dashed off to the tattoo parlor within weeks of his 18th birthday to add body "art" to his list of physical modifications.
These, of course, are the items that I am aware of, via gabby siblings. I'm not sure if I really want to know if his nipples are the true extent of his piercings.
My wife is quite angry about this, especially coming at a time when this particular son moved back home to get his finances in order. Instead of paying down his debts, he is wasting money on goofiness like pierced nipples. And really - is it too much for us to expect our son to set some sort of example for his brothers and sisters, especially when he is living rent-free under our roof?
And did Mr. Genius stop and think about the health risks associated with body piercings? Likely not; he is at that age when he believes that bad things only happen to other people, that deluded teenage belief in personal invincibility.
Anyways, thanks for allowing me to vent, and thus sparing my kid another half-hour harangue.