Of course I need not have worried. As he grew older the piercings gradually disappeared as he matured and removed the studs and rings. Now he is almost piercing free. He occasionally wears a small stud in his tongue but thankfully I am seeing it less often.
Now my middle grandson can't wait until he is able to get his first tattoo and I am dreading the day. Now I realise the body piercings were preferable as they could be removed but a tattoo is forever.
When I was a child I remember going to the movies and seeing jungle films with native men with a bone in their nose or a plate inserted in their lip. Then, of course there were the movies of the South Sea Islanders with their tribal tattoos and I can't help wondering if our children are returning to these tribal ways.
The news is often full of gangs of young people rioting or generally causing havoc and I wonder if all this comes from the society we have now created.
With both parents working and smaller families together with the nuclear family these children are banding together and defacing their bodies in an unconscious effort to return to the tribal ways of the past. Is it a way of finding the companionship and support that comes with being a part of a large united tribe.
Perhaps the proverb "It takes a village to raise a child" is true and we as a society have really lost what was good and valuable in our lives.