They're still there and I suppose they will stay forever. My wife seems to have come to terms with having a husband with a pierced ear. My son (4½ years of age) told me this morning that I really should have two of those things in my other ear too. A desire for symmetry is typical for that age, that is. My daughter (who's seven) wanted tho know why I hadn't done them symmetrical. (Well, this way there is enough angle from which my piercings are invisible.) And when my wife asked them if they would like to have their ears pierced (which is not going to happen in the near future though), our daughter said she wouldn't like that (too bad, because it would have made a great trade against her having the haircut she'd like to have, which hasn't happened yet her in whole life, thus resulting in 93 cm - some 37 inches - long hair, i.e. 71% of her total length), but our son was quite eager to have them done, both of course.
My dad saw me a couple of days ago and asked me if this was the thing I'd wanted for so long. I told him yes and that was enough for him. Of course he informed my mum when he came home, so today she came by to have a look for herself. She said nothing, but her body language was obvious. She didn't like it, but at least she made no fuss about it. She did well, I must say.
From other people I still get almost no reactions at all. At first that seemed a bit odd to me, but after a while I found a perfect explanation for it. If people in my environment have a visible piercing all of a sudden, I would most definitely make a remark on that. But - of course - I am preoccupied with piercings, since they have captured my interest for the greater part of my life. If you don't have this thing with piercings, you probably don't care if other people have them and will regard them as a personal choice of that other person. In that case you won't comment on it either. How can you honestly compliment someone on something that means nothing to you. In quite a lot of forums you will find lots of entries telling that nobody commented on people who got pierced ears anyway. So, even though I really don't care what most people think about me having my ear pierced, I think nothing strange anymore of friends ignoring the hardware.
I just enjoy passing by mirrors !!! And the feeling of them moving when I move my head.
too much is never enough