Two gold rings.
And so it begins... The first tentative steps towards individuality and a life of her own. It's an odd feeling, seeing tiny holes drilled into your baby while she holds your hand, defenceless. It seemed insignificant, perfectly normal, a non event — right up until I saw the needle go through and realized there was no turning back.
As I watched, recording the moment, reassuring her it was almost over, I saw in her eyes the truth she was suddenly grasping: how decisions lead to consequences, how pain is sometimes a road we need to travel before attaining our goals. She's happy, she's a big girl now... But she also knows more than she knew before.