I grew up without a Dad. Instead, I grew up with an infantile boyfriend-turned-co-habitator since the age of four or five. I do not wish to speak too disparagingly of the dead, but to say the least, he was far from a role model. As he did with my brother, once I reached high school age he refused to speak to me and would actually go out of his way to try and get in trouble with my mother.
For the most part, the only positive male role model I had was my uncle, and even then his proximity to my home was usually hours away (save for a few years of my life). In short, what I’m trying to say is that anything I learned in regards to being a man I more less had to learn on my own.
Fast forward to now, I am not ashamed to say that I fall at least a few paces from being a man’s man. My wife asked me if I had ever been in a fight before, and the closest thing that came to coming to blows was when Cam started kicking me while I was at my locker in middle school. I got tired of his insults and threw a few back at him one day. I didn’t engage him physically. That would have been stupid. Zero fight experience vs. guy with martial arts training (must have trained at the Cobra Kai dojo). So no, I have never really been in a fight.
This is all neither here nor there because for about the past fortyfive days or so, I’ve been shaving using blades! With shaving cream! I have never been a fan of shaving, as told by near constant scruffiness since college. Lately, however, shaving has become a bit of a thing for me. So much so that I just signed up for the Dollar Shave Club. The stubble has been kept to a relative minimum, and my sense of masculinity feels so much healthier because of it.