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December 27, 2002
Karla kept her earrings hidden from her mother for almost a week. She was twenty-eight, but still felt it necessary to avoid any mild dislikes her mother maintained. And Karla’s mother was never fond of breaking holes into one’s own skin in order to accommodate jewelry. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Karla felt a need to act out on a desire for independence that she had been harboring all along. And so Karla drove over to Glendale Galleria and got her ears pierced.

And when Karla’s mother saw the week old golden balls peeking through Karla’s hair she said, “That’s stupid.”