When we moved to Australia in 2008, my then-nine-year-old son sported a Number Two buzz cut. Four years and only the occasional trim later, this is what his hair looks like now:
The T-shirt he is wearing proclaims his horror-writing roots. I bought it for him at the World Horror Convention in Austin, Texas last year. On the front it says, “IN THE CASE OF A ZOMBIE UPRISING EMPLOY TOTAL CRANIAL DESTRUCTION” with accompanying graphics – chainsaw, spade, axe, shotgun and tyre iron, amongst others – of tools suitable for the purpose.
But back to the hair.
In a couple of weeks’ time, he is going to Be Brave and Shave. His head will be shaved completely bald in the name of blood cancer research. He made the decision to participate in Be Brave and Shave late last year. A couple of weeks ago, his grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, which makes his decision more poignant.
Declan and I thank the family and friends who have already sponsored him. Here is the link for anyone else who might be able to spare a few dollars for this important cause.