Because beards are awesome

So I’m at the park today, a beautiful little grotto full of old-growth weeping willows surrounding the playground, and there were some little kids — only about three feet away from me — whispering loudly and looking at me furtively, and I hear the word “beard”… So I say, “hey, are you talking about my beard?” to them, and the kid says, in apparent amazement, “you have a beard…”

Then he pauses, and a moment later says, “can I touch it?” — and I hear his mother giggling in the distance — as he begins reaching out his dirty from playing in the sandbox hands toward my face. “I guess so,” I say, “but your hands are really dirty so just for a second.” He wastes no time and completes the quest and touches it, and with a bizarre level of awe, tells me, “it’s so soft!”

And then he ran away and climbed a tree.

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11 Comments

  1. apolicious wrote:

    ahaha, I can empathize. At the last place I worked, I was the only person with a beard, so my coworkers were always rubbing up on it. It can be awkward, but the attention is fun.

    Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Permalink
  2. Rosie wrote:

    so adorable!!!

    Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Permalink
  3. penski wrote:

    The Beard Maketh The Man.

    No beard? Not a man.

    *n

    Monday, September 21, 2009 at 1:30 am | Permalink
  4. rmx256 wrote:

    I grow my beard only to sport my grey, which I am probably ten years too young for.

    Monday, September 21, 2009 at 4:25 am | Permalink
  5. Anselm wrote:

    In college a friend and I founded the Beard Liberation Front.
    Tagline: Release The Beards Back Into The Wild!

    We had a poster series with various bearded presidents and the caption “Isn’t it time for another bearded president?”

    Hijinx ensued.

    Monday, September 21, 2009 at 9:21 am | Permalink
  6. Brian wrote:

    http://robyrazor.wordpress.com/

    My buddy Roby has a bet that he can’t not shave for the next year, you can follow him here. I don’t think he’ll make it …

    Beards rule!

    Monday, September 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
  7. wlfdrgn wrote:

    Your beard really has been growing, Shannon. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you with that long a beard. Then again, it has been quite a while since I saw you.

    Monday, September 21, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Permalink
  8. Allahkat wrote:

    While I appreciate the time and devotion that is required to grow such a facial mane, I have to say that beards just aren’t my thing.

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 4:32 am | Permalink
  9. jason wrote:

    From my perspective keeping a hair-free chin requires far more effort and time.
    A little trimming washing and shaping now and then beats a daily face-scrape hands down!

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 11:40 am | Permalink
  10. Twwly wrote:

    I love a man with a beard. Thankfully, Scott seems to be able to grow one in a hot minute!

    Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 8:52 am | Permalink
  11. HJP wrote:

    There is far to much a push towards a beard (and facial hair in general) free land. I have had employers request I shave mine off, telling me I can only have a mustache and then telling me how to trim it as well. I have refused jobs, even in this past year, that have required me to shave, not that I’m hung up on it as much as I feel I am well groomed and presentable the way I am. We need to become more accepting and less military in appearance requests.

    Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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