Mike brushed the hair out of his eyes and let it fall down the left side of his head where it belonged. On the right side his scalp gleamed through the tightly shaved sidewall. His parents were still irate over the haircut. He didn’t care. It was just another part of his new identity, freed from the bondage of expectations.
He stared at his image in the mirror, the black T-shirt pulled tight across his flat chest and abdomen. It read “I finally discovered that the hokey pokey was not what it’s all about.” He smiled. It would give his mom something else to say besides, “Michelle, why can’t you just dress like the other girls?”