Our daughter is terrified of needles, we all dread the fall flu shot season every year (but still do it and have ice cream afterwards). For her 13th birthday, we gave her birthstone earrings and our permission to have her ears pierced. This is something she has both looked forward to in anticipation and has worried about for years.
Junior high soccer season ended last week and the opportunity to pierce her ears was finally upon us. After a hectic Saturday filled with activities for her brothers (club soccer in Rocklin, baseball photos, a AA Little League game and bike donation drop-off at Chávez Elementary School for its fundraiser), we raced downtown to De Luna Jewelers.
Of course, it was now 5 p.m. and the store had just closed. My daughter was so disappointed, the defeat was obvious on her face and the idea of waiting another week seemed impossible. I understood her feelings and did not look forward to a week of stress over it.
Thankfully, manager Adrian Blanco understood immediately how important this day was to my daughter. He let us in and gently talked her through what she anticipated to be a traumatic experience. Instead, she was happily surprised to find it simple and relatively painless.
The extra time he took to explain exactly what he was going to do next and even going so far as to fetch bagged ice was priceless. These moments will live in both our hearts as we remember the milestone of turning 13.
Thank you, De Luna Jewelers, for helping make her experience positive and meaningful. This is why I choose to both live and shop in Davis, and we still went for ice cream afterwards!