As I enter the final days of our Baltic cruise, I have realized that all good things must come to an end. One of those good things is Ahab’s facial hair. This is a story that started back on May 9th, in the Nanny Cay Marina – Tortola, BVI. This was the last time our sweet skipper was intimate with his blade. The journey from bare skinned baby face to brooding bearded beast happened quickly, so much so, that I didn’t think to document the transformation at the time. For the 18 or so years Guyon and I have been attached at the hip, he has always been shorn, smooth skinned, and well groomed. This is the version of Guyon that my brain has registered as baseline…it’s the version in my daydreams, night terrors and everything in between. This Baltic bearded man has been Guyon on shaving vacation. (OK – so I’m pretty sure if I decided to on a shaving vacation, not only would people not enjoy it, they probably wouldn’t write about it or tell me I look like Ernest Hemingway).
Honestly, Dear Readers, I have to say that I have quite enjoyed my time with this furry fellow. Not only did it help me feel less homesick for Pawpaw Puppy, but also Granddaddy Pawpaw. Seriously – Guyon was a dead ringer for his old man with the beard. (and I say that with a heart full of love for the best father-in-law in the whole world). Why am I continually surprised when, as we mature & ripen, the idiosyncrasies of our parents, become our own? That topic is a whole (nother) blog in an of itself.
Moving on to the “Great Shave Off”, or perhaps we should call it “De-bearding Daddy”. Because I failed miserably to document the slow growth of Ahab’s facial foliage, we as a family decided that when the beard came off, we needed a plan. This is where having kids totally rocks (OK – lots of other times too, but this is in my top five favs). So we put it to the boys to design a de-bearding strategy for Daddy. William, bless his heart, took control of the challenge with pencil and paper in hand. If I were one of these really organized Moms, like every single one of my sisters-in-law, I would have saved the drawings that William made, and posted it with these photos….but seriously, we all know that if I can get everyone through the day with their teeth brushed, a vegetable consumed, and semi-clean underwear at least turned inside out for re-runs…I tend to quit while I’m “ahead”. The drawing didn’t make it, but at least I have some pictures.
So William decided on a total of six stages: Fully Bearded Ahab, Homer Simpson, ‘Stache & Soul Patch, That 70s Guy, Ned Flanders, and Bare-skinned Baby Faced Guyon. I sincerely you hope enjoy viewing Ahab’s transformation as much as the kids and I did.