Yes, it’s true. Sam has cut his hair. But maybe not for the reason you think. And here to tell you about it is today’s guest blogger, Ian Hoffman, my husband and the co-author of our forthcoming book, Jacob’s New Dress (now available for preorder on Amazon, in case you haven’t heard me say that five times before. Sorry, I’m excited.) Welcome Ian!
Sam cut his hair. Not because he was tired of people mistaking him for a girl. Not because he wanted to look like the rest of the boys in his class. Not because he wanted to be able to safely use a public men’s room by himself.
No, Sam cut his hair because he wanted to be Dr. Who for Halloween. The 11th Doctor, to be precise. For those who don’t follow BBC science-fiction television, Dr. Who is a humanoid alien who travels time and space bringing peace to the universe (generally). The Doctor is brilliant, and funny, and curious, and lonely. He’s Sam’s hero.
For the first time since preschool Sam’s blonde hair does not fall past his shoulders. For the first time in 8 years a stranger referred to Sam as “he” instead of “she.” Everyone who knows Sam is shocked–they want to know what happened. Sam’s school principal pulled me aside to make sure everything was OK. What does Sam’s haircut mean?
Sam knows what it means. He’s one step closer to being the Doctor. The 11th Doctor, to be precise.