I’ve been experimenting with beards lately, but after a couple of starts and stops I found myself in a conundrum. I’m too lazy to shave but can’t stand the itchiness and overall feel of a beard. And then I had one of those EUREKA! moments which come to me on a daily basis. I find the vast majority of EUREKA! moments to be false alarms, but not this one. This was truly a legit EUREKA!.
My new look would not be a single look, but a three week cycle of beard growth. I have decided to shave once every three weeks (and a few of those lower neck shaves in between to make sure everyone knows that I am not just incredibly lazy). That 3rd week is a little tough as I do get itchy in that week.
Two weeks would have actually been better, except that I have a slew of doctors, therapists, ADHD coaches, and grocery store clerks that I visit on a two week cycle, and what would they think? They would think that I meticulously cut my growth to the exact same amount every day, as that is how they would see me every time on that two week cycle. No, I can’t have them thinking that of me. I mean, I do have some self esteem left in me yet. So no, a three week cycle it is.
Which brings me to the joy I get from my 4-year-old son who, due to my beard obsession, has been trained to comment on all of the baseball players’ beards and long hair that he sees as we scroll through the highlights of every game every day. His cute commentary has now jumped from the television screen to real life as the other day he saw a long-haired bearded man (wearing a Hell’s Angels leather jacket in the brutal heat of the summer) stop in front of our house, and he pointed his finger at him and yelled “Daddy, look at that guy’s face!”
Oh, my cute little Dragone-lite is a chip off his pappa’s block, and I couldn’t be more proud.