Already she is fretting over her return to high school in the fall. We live in Arkansas, y'all.
It is a Thing here, that young girls must perform their sexuality in certain expected ways. They must, for instance, wear make-up in certain ways; and shave their legs; and they must have long hair.
This doesn't mean all young women do this, mind you.
But it means that the young women who don't perform their sexuality in this way get shit.
"Every single guy," the kid said, "every one of them, has made some comment about every girl with short hair. I'ma get shit. I will."
"First guy that says something about your short hair," I said, "you say something about his short dick."
"That's the last crack you'll get. I promise."
Sometimes I think I'm a bad influence.