I’ve been sporting a somewhat new look lately.

Some have told me they like it, that “it looks good on ya'”

Others have asked “that your winter look?”

It’s a beard that I’ve had hanging around my face as of late, and I’m not quite sure whether or not to let it remain. It all started unintentionally. Over the course of the summer, I had gotten a cut of some sort on my face that the doctors thought had become infected. As it was healing, I was told by the doctors not to shave, for fear of cutting it open and starting the process all over again.

So I didn’t. And the hair grew, and grew and grew.

Now, I look a bit like I’m going to go in our backyard and chop wood. It’s a look and (sometimes itchy) feel I’ve not quite grown accustomed to over the years. With the exception of a ‘van dyke(don’t mistakenly call it a goatee, I’m told) during some time in college, I’ve pretty much been a clean-shaven guy all my life. So now that all has healed and I can shave if I like, I’m not sure if I should.

Before and After.

Before and After.

Yes, I’ve gotten ‘good reviews’ so far from friends and family. But, this week, I got an opinion from my most brutally honest fan of all – our two year old son.

“No beard, dada! No beard!” he told me, firmly, then proceeding to try and wipe it or brush it off of my face.

“Me cut, dada! Me cut!”

If there’s one thing you can always count on amid the unpredictability of kids, it is that they will almost always speak the truth of what’s on their mind, what they think, in the most clear form possible.

If only we adults could do that.

Apparently, he does not approve, so we’ll have to see how long it sticks around.

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