The backstory: Long ago we got over the "why should I bathe every day and use deodorant?" hump of adolescence. But shaving has been a less easy transition. By the end of the 8th grade, JT had reached a point where he needed to shave. He didn’t have a full beard and once a week seemed to do the trick. I’m not going to say he embraced this responsibility, as it was a reluctant transition. The passage of time has increased his need to shave and these days, he probably should shave every other day. Instead, he shaves every other week and in between his cheeks and upper lip are unevenly grizzled. My suggestion that he looks sketchy and should shave more often has been rejected. But baseball’s Coach Davey seems to have more influence.
JT: Coach Davey asked me if I was trying to grow a beard. I said no and he said, “Oh.” I think I need to shave more often.
Me: I believe I have made a similar suggestion.
JT: I’m gonna shave now.
Me: Tell Coach Davey the check’s in the mail.
JT (laughing): Okay.
I think we call this progress.