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  • Hair and hair styles are a polarizing topic in our family at times. It is really just a generational difference.

    Skippy, my step-son, had a Mohawk for several years - from about 6th grade through 8th, I believe. Sometimes, he would shave it off and be mostly bald. Occasionally, he would let it all grow out a little, but only to get it back to its "Mohawk Awesomeness".

    Donny, his dad, didn't really care one way or the other. As long as his school was okay with it and he wouldn't get in trouble for sporting such a style at school, it was fine. His mom seemed to feel the same.

    The problem was with the grandparents and great-grandparents. Correction - make that grandMOTHERS and great-grandMOTHERS.

    For them, a Mohawk hairdo was a sign of something inherently evil and anti-everything. It reminded them of the "type" of person who would have had a Mohawk in the '60's and that was completely unacceptable.

    The last straw, though, was the "Reverse-Mohawk". This one set his dad on edge. Even I, who changes her hair as often as Madonna and Cyndi Lauper in the 1980's, could not really get on board with it.

    It lasted a very short time, much to everyone's relief. Now he's gone the opposite way. His super-thick hair is long, a la Justin Bieber (despite claiming that the "Beeb" is NOT his inspiration).

    And we are back to the Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers not liking his hair. It seems there were ne'er-do-wells in the 1960's who sported long hair and ran around not following the rules, listening to the Devil's music, and whatnot.

    At this point, I don't care what style he choose as long as he keeps it clean.

    Otherwise, he is free to fight the power and I will let it be.
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