Growing up as a postwar baby boomer we spent little time with our fathers. In my case my 5 brothers and 3 sisters, we saw very little of my father as he worked as a full-time Custom Officer at the US/Canadian border and serving part-time in the Canadian Military Reserve.
Haircuts and many other father and son moments were often outsourced to sports coaches, older brothers or local barbers.
The COVID-19 crisis and shelter in place direction has lent itself for fathers and sons to get acquainted with each other. And to share moments of intimacy like haircuts. One of the sweetest moments I witnessed via a photo sent to me was my son-in-law giving my grandson a haircut. Tender moments like these will no doubt be remembered long after the end of the pandemic by fathers and sons.
I asked many people the following 3 questions when the crisis is over.
What will you start doing?
What will you stop doing?
What will you keep doing?
It is my hope that fathers will keep sharing intimate moments with their sons like haircuts.