I had spent an hour preparing myself for my immersion, taking my time. Carefully removing every speck of nail polish, filing my nails, and showering, with special attention focused on the hard-to-reach parts of my back.
As I grabbed a towel and walked from the preparation room to the mikveh I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I noticed the little gold studs glinting on my earlobes.
A thought, “Should I remove my earrings?”
I have 5 piercings and three earrings remain in my ears at all times.
I never take them out.
I stood in front of the mirror, meeting my own gaze.
I took each earring out carefully, watching my ears lose the stars and opals I had placed in them years before. [Read more…]