Who are you? The class clown? The jock, the drama girl, the tall guy, the dud with the funny laugh? He’s the cowboy, she’s the artist. It’s interesting how we identify ourselves and others.
Sometimes our profession becomes our identity. I am a doctor, a teacher, a plumber, a mechanic, or a zoo keeper. That’s a good one — Zoo Keeper.
For a part of her life my mom was “the lady barber.” In fact, I was with her just the other day and she referred to herself as a retired barber. I thought it was odd at the time, I mean; she does about a hundred other things really, really well. She is a singer, an artist, a collector, a genealogist, a Sunday school teacher, a mom and she is Grandma.
Back to the “lady barber” moniker – Dad’s shop had two barber chairs and he was particularly busy on Tuesday afternoons and all day Saturday. Mom got her barbers license and went to work on those days. If you called her a hair dresser you would be corrected immediately. She far prefers the title barber. Believe me, she would have no problem setting that record straight. Continue reading Barbershop Theology: Identify Theft