Is it Time?
Moving to a new place can be fun but also stressful because it means you're literally starting afresh. You will have to meet new people, make new friends and the most hardest of them all, get a new barber.
You see, I feel like we men don't talk about the new barber situation enough. Like how afraid we feel whenever we walk into that hair salon for the first time and silently pray to God that the barber knows whatever it is he or she is doing up there.
I remember the first time we moved. I had cut my hair a day before that day because I knew that going to a new environment meant saying goodbye to my old barber who was very talented. I had cut my hair that day as if doing that would mean that I won't have to go cut it ever again but then two weeks later, I began roaming the streets of my new area, looking for a hair salon, one that my spirit would welcome.
I remember walking past two, three of them and each time I walked past, I would look inside at the people seated there, having their hair cut and just try to see within those few seconds of me having a glance if the barber was good enough. But then I never saw what I wanted, so I told my parents that I will be going back to our former area to cut my hair. My dad thought it was because we just moved into the place and I was not yet comfortable and was going to get over that phase but then two years after we moved, I still would get on a public bus and get down to my former street just to get a haircut.
To me, that was where I felt safe and relax and I was ready to spend whatever amount it cost to look good but then school happened and I traveled down all the way to the East, to a place where I knew no one and had no choice but to try out a new barber and to my luck, he was a good one and I was happy for another year or two until recently when the young man closed his shop and decided he wanted to go look for a greener pasture somewhere else.
And now here I am, wondering if I should take that risk again and try out a new barber or maybe, just maybe, this is a sign to me that the time of afro has come.