Over the years, we've had some small snippets of chats about it. This time, it felt like a visual lesson was needed.
So I broke out the two options he'd eventually have to choose from - electric or manual.
I shaved half of my face with the electric, and the other half with the manual. I explained the pros and cons of each, from ongoing costs to one-time costs. I let him touch both sides of my face and evaluate how each felt in comparison to the labor that went into it.
And... that was it for now.
I'm sure some day soon we'll reverse roles and he'll be the one under the blade.
For now, though... we just took another step of being a father/son together.
How many times in parenting do we put people under the knife... when all they wanted to know is what the knife looks like?
"Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6, AMP)