Finding out about my pierced tongue
I got my first tongue piercing my freshman year of college at Akron. While at Akron, I still came home a lot and since I had to have surgery again in January, I ended up living back at home and going to Wayne. The only reason I mention this is because I knew going into getting my tongue pierced that I would be around my dad and even though I was 18, I still had to deal with him and some of his rules. I hid that I smoked nearly through all of college.
After getting my tongue pierced I was away until it at least healed somewhat and then I got a special type of stud that really looked like a nail as it was just flat on top. When I knew I was going to be around dad a lot, like working through the whole weekend I would just take it out but if it was just going to be a short time, I would just put this special piece in. This went on for nearly a year. Then one day we were down at the silos and I was carrying buckets and I had the special piece in. By this time I had learned how to pull it down into my tongue so it would be completely hidden. The problem I found out is that this would create like a shadowy area on my tongue where it was pulled down and this caught my dad’s eye.
He said, “what do you have in your tongue?” I pulled it further down in and stuck out my tongue which hid it completely. Realizing something was amiss, he tried to grab my tongue while saying “I know I fucking saw something there.” “Ok, Ok, I will show you just stop trying to grab my tongue.” I stuck out my tongue without trying to hide it and that was it. He did not get pissed off, he really wanted to just confirm his suspicions. There was kind of that look on his face of “where did I go wrong with this kid?”
He realized and accepted later on that he probably did not go wrong. For whatever reason, this kid was going to be different whether it was tattoos or piercings, I was just going to be different. And if nothing else, it is better to laugh together and get along than to hold a grudge over something like this. I have to remember this fact when my daughter gets old.