Then one day, after coming home from school, I went into the bathroom, took out a pair of scissors, and proceeded to cut my shoulder-length hair. . . very, very short. After that, I went into the living room, where my parents were sitting watching television and boldly told them I was no longer a girl.
My dad chuckled at my antics, while my mom immediately made a phone call to the local hair salon.
Seeing the humor in the situation, but stifling a laugh, my dad asked,”What's your new name going to be?"
I stared at him perplexed.
"You can't be Anne. I know of no boys named Anne."
Logically that made perfect sense to me and I stood there pondering what my new name would be.
Most likely because of the what I had done to my hair, he suggested Butch, which I proudly accepted. I even proclaimed my new status to my first grade teacher and wrote 'Butch' on all my papers, and when it was time to go to lunch or recess I stood in the boy’s line. After all, it was as simple as that, wasn't it?
It didn't take me very long to realize that just by changing my outward appearance, and my name, did not change who I was on the inside, and I soon became Anne again. . . but forever remained a Tomboy.