"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." - Shel Silverstein

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dumb Games Boys Play


My silly husband decided to make a wager with his co-workers back on Friday, July 10.  Now, before I go into what happened, let me tell you that Jeremy has not shaved his mustache or goatee in over 10 years.  Before that, the last time he had a completely smooth face was our wedding day.  I personally like his facial hair.  

Now, onto the story.

Some guys at his office who had facial hair for years were discussing shaving their faces as  an "I'm macho enough to do it, are you?" kind of thing.  There was one guy with mutton chops who was reluctant to shave them off.  So Jeremy chimed in and told the guy that if he came in Monday morning with a clean shaven face, Jeremy would bring his shaver to work the next day and shave his face in front of everyone.  He then waited until Sunday night, as we were turning in for the night, to tell me about his bright idea.  His last words of the day were "don't worry hon, the guy is really attached to his mutton chops, he'll never shave 'em".  Brilliant.

Monday rolled around and I completely forgot about his little wager.  We were sitting in the doctor's exam room waiting for the doc and trying to occupy a very hyper, very bouncy Marissa.  Out of the blue Jeremy said to me "oh, by the way, that guy I work with shaved his mutton chops".  It took me a minute to recall just what he was talking about.  As soon as I did, I glared at him and mock repeated back to him what he had said the night before about the guy never shaving his mutton chops off because he was so attached to them.  Just then, the doc walked in and our focus changed drastically.  Have I ever mentioned that Jeremy has the crappiest timing ever?  No?  Well, he does.  :)

So, Tuesday at work, Jeremy shaved his face for the first time in 10 1/2 years in front of all who cared to witness.  I was a little concerned that Marissa would freak out when she saw him with a clean face because he has had facial hair all her life.  Turns out, I had nothing to worry about.

The only thing she ever did to acknowledge his clean face was, periodically throughout the evening, she would reach up and caress his face with a slightly puzzled look.  That's it.  So I am glad to say that she didn't freak out.  Because I would have really hated to kick Jeremy out of the house for two weeks while his hair grew out enough so she wouldn't freak out.  :)

I decided that a clean shaven Jeremy reminds me of Ray Romano of "Everybody Loves Raymond".

So, I called him Ray for the rest of the evening.  Hopefully he is done playing silly little games with his friends.  :)

Daddy playing "Spin the Rissa"

So, what do you guys think?  Facial hair or no facial hair?

For the record, I think he looks good without facial hair, younger even.  I just prefer him with a mustache and goatee and so does he.  Another good reason for him to grow it back out? A majority of the women he works with thinks he looks better without it!  Gotta nip that in the bud NOW!!  Just kidding!!  ;)

He is in the process of growing it out and all will be right with the world soon!  :)
I have a prayer request.  One of our little trach friends is supposed to be decannulated today.  His name is Milo and we just love this little guy.  

He is going in for a bronchoscopy today and if all looks well, he will come out of the OR as a face breather!!  Please keep him and his mom Janay in your prayers today.  Decannulation is a wonderful thing that all trach parents dream of but it can be very nerve wracking as well.  Please check his blog for updates and I will try to update when I know something also.



Everyone stop by Milo's blog to see how today went.  Leave 'em a comment so they know you are out there and have been praying for them!  Show them lots of love!!


The VW's said...

Marissa knows and loves her daddy however he looks! So sweet! I am surprised that she didn't seem fazed by it at all though!

Boys do play some dumb games! Try living with 5 of them!!! I have some stories to tell their wives some day, that's for sure!

I used to hate when Joel would shave his mustache, when we were dating, but now I like him without one. But 10 years of facial hair and then suddenly none...that's a big change to get used to for you I bet! I personally think he looks quite handsome.

Tamara said...

O.K. that is great! I love your comment that ya gotta nip that one in the bud! LOL

Momof5 said...

We will definitely keep Milo in our prayers!

I never noticed the dimples before on Jeremy! Yea, he better grow it back out and nip that office stuff in the bud!

God Bless!

Anonymous said...

Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!! I have never met a celebrity before!!!! Jk.....but see I am very glad that she wasn't weary about it because as you know when dad had to shave his beard for work they had me sit and watch him shave it so I wouldn't freak out! Well yay for clean face but good thing hair grows back cause I like it better all hairy....if he could grow a beard, I would want him to do THAT! To bad for patches......
Auntie Taters (sadly that name has stuck hasn't it??)

Hope said...

I'm so happy she didn't freak out. That's a huge change. I'm not a facial hair fan, but Jeremy looks good with it. It fits him.

I'm praying the decanning goes well!

Nana and PaPa said...

Auntie Taters is right....Larry had his full beard for over 16 years! And Auntie Taters was only about 2 or 3 years old when he had to shave, so yes, we WERE concerned about that one! But with Marissa, all is well, obviously! Marissa LOVES her Daddy no matter how he looks! LOL....I hate to say it, but don't expect this to be the last of the "games-boys-play" thing....even though they are adults...they all have that BOY inside them that says, "Anything you can do I can do better.....watch this!!" LOL...it has to do with testosterone..lol
And yes, we will be praying for Milo today...big red letter day for them. What a blessed mile stone.
Nana & PaPa
P.S. I like the mustache and goat...makes him look more distinguished, but clean shaven looks younger...jury's still out.

Lisa said...

I have to giggle, when I married hub's he had a "stash" for many years. Shortly after he had to shave it because one side was shorter then the other well he just decided to do the whole thing. I loved it SO MUCH, that he has not had a "Stash" in 9 years.

Anonymous said...

I think the no facial hair looks great and I am glad Marissa doesnt mind!

KH said...

Wow, she really wasn't phased! He looks the same to me, but of course the last time I saw him he was 18....

Michelle said...

He he!!! I thought it was very funny! He looks good without the hair, but like I said before, it's not Jeremy without the facial hair!

Milo is in my prayers!

Auntie Chelle

John and Jenna Gensic said...

Ok, that video is adorable. Marissa is so full of energy it cracks me up. How are YOU adjusting to the new look? I think it looks great! Oh, and by the way, Mikan has that exact same blue infant/toddler chair!


Colleen said...

I like a clean shavin' man! My hubby tried growing the "logger beard"...hated it! I'm sure this is a major adjustment for you.

I will be praying for your little friend.