In this corner we have the ever-changing, ever-maturing, 7 year old Graycen. She asked (begged) for this battle. She has trained herself and prepared for the big event by taking responsibility for her own personal hygiene and been consistently doing so for over a month now. She was dressed and ready for the event. She was smiling and armed with not only her's, but one webkin form each of her siblings for extra courage. She was ready for the challenge.
In the opposite corner, we have FEAR. It was a vicious opponent and was given much added strength from the 3 nurses and the Dr that stood one foot away from Graycen clicking the piercing guns over and over and saying things like, "Don't use the one with the X on it. It pinches."
FEAR won today. Graycen fought the good fight and tried to overcome her adversary, but in the end and through big crocodile tears, decided to come back "when she was older". I don't know who was more disappointed between Graycen and her four waiting and watching siblings. After comforting and reassuring her, I had to comfort and reassure them too.
It was rough for this busy mama to watch. I wanted to encourage her to overcome her fears and to push through to grasp hold of the reward that she had worked so hard for, but after a few minutes of seeing her crying and SO scared, I just wanted to her to feel better no matter WHAT she ended up doing. She was very gracious to the Drs and nurses by thanking them for their time and apologizing. I could tell that she was sad, but I think that she was mostly feeling abd about possibly wasting their time. I assured her, and they did too, that it was fine and happened from time to time.
As we loaded the van to head home, Graycen said, "I think that I am starting to understand why Gran-Gran always said that she never saw the point of putting holes in perfectly good ears." I am not sure, but am a little relieved that there won't be a ROUND 2 for some time.