Body Double: Understanding Physical Changes by Tad Kershner

By Tad Kershner

A glance on the alterations that boys battle through in the course of puberty.

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Brett ripped off the paper and discovered a brand-new electric razor. His dad smiled at him. “My dad gave me his dad’s old chrome-plated straight razor. ” “But none of my friends are shaving,” said Brett. “You’re getting to be a man now,” his dad said. ”   $NCX&NTA K D At home that evening, Brett’s dad brought out a bottle of pre-shave and showed Brett how to splash it on his face. Next, he showed Brett how to twist his face and puff out his cheeks so the whiskers would stand up for the razor.

6 G D 9 1 K E L @ M  When Brett was done shaving, he examined himself in the mirror. No more Wolfman. His face was smooth—even handsome—just like it used to be. Brett’s father patted him on the back. “Nice job. You got the hang of it. Anyway, plenty of Hall-ofFamers had nicknames. ” 6GHMJ#ANTS+S • Wh y d o yo u th i n k i t me ant so much t o Br e tt’ s d a d to s h a r e th e st o ry abo ut his o w n f a th e r w i th B r e tt? • I f th e r e ’ s a f a th e r o r o lder male relat ive i n yo u r li f e , w h a t s p e c i a l memo ries do yo u ha v e a b o u t h i m?

Brett’s father patted him on the back. “Nice job. You got the hang of it. Anyway, plenty of Hall-ofFamers had nicknames. ” 6GHMJ#ANTS+S • Wh y d o yo u th i n k i t me ant so much t o Br e tt’ s d a d to s h a r e th e st o ry abo ut his o w n f a th e r w i th B r e tt? • I f th e r e ’ s a f a th e r o r o lder male relat ive i n yo u r li f e , w h a t s p e c i a l memo ries do yo u ha v e a b o u t h i m? I s th e r e a t eacher o r a c o a c h yo u c o u ld ta lk w i t h? • D o e s yo u r c u ltu r e h a v e any ri t uals aro und b e c o mi n g a m a n ?

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