So.....As a "biker" teacher with a shaved head and two pierced ears, you can imagine the comments I get from time to time....
But the one story I retell a lot, as a kind of "catch-all anecdote", is THIS one -
I was new in my teaching career, the first year with actual full time employment as a teacher, and I was the FOURTH teacher to be in my classroom that year (It was the day after Thanksgiving break), in a large Urban school district in Indiana's capitol city. As I stood in the hallway during passing periods, I routinely heard and saw kids walk by, get the "jaw-drop" look, and murmur to each other "Look! We have a skin-head teacher!"
So.....Upon reflection, I decided I needed to address this - To make THEM more comfortable with my chosen hairstyle. THIS is what I tell people, right or wrong....
"You ask 'Why do you wear your hair that way?'. I ask 'Why DON'T you?" I realize you are skirting the hint that I HAVE to, because I am old...but think about this - When I was working third shift grocery to put myself through college and support my family, there was a guy with hair down to his knees....We called him "Long-hair".
There are three "Classifications" of those who have no-hair on their heads...Those who do it for political reasons - "Skinheads"; Those who do it because of age or illness - "Bald"; and those who CHOOSE to wear their hair this way - "No-Hairs". I HAVE hair....I just cut it short...VERY short. I have a lot of respect for the "Bald". They have EARNED that status, through years of life and/or battles us others have not had to fight. I have NO respect for, have never been, am not, and never WILL be a skinhead. I CHOOSE to wear my hair this way, because it looks good on me. Not only that, it is cleaner and healthier.....Hair traps in oils, dirt, dead skin, and other "contagions" that we without hair do not have.
So, there it is. My "story".