When my mom says that she remembers the boys in high school having large gold nose rings, I file it away and move on to a new subject. I don’t think boys were piercing themselves in the 1950s. The most I saw in my teens in the 80s was multiple ear piercings so I am a little surprised to hear this from my mom.
When I mention this to my husband, he reminds me of something I know, but am still adapting to – my mom says things she believes to be true, but it’s just not rooted in any factual event. First I wonder when my mom has ever really seen someone with a big gold hoop in their nose. I’m not sure I have seen more than one or two. Preoccupied.