You may have seen photos of celebrities with and without their beard. You can easily see the difference between those photos. They look more mature with their beards on, but are younger without one. In fact, there are instances in which you can barely recognize them. They look as if they were different persons.
I felt the same way with my father. I used to seeing him without a beard. He is a clean guy who shaves almost all the time. He doesn’t let his facial hair grow too long without trimming it or shaving it off. This is why I was totally surprised when suddenly, he has grown a beard. I barely noticed it as I was away from home for several months to attend college. I was just surprised to go home one day seeing him with long beard. It was a surreal moment. It was as if I went home to a different house and I have seen a different father.
Why he did it
I confronted him about his decision to grow a beard and he didn’t say anything weird or surprising. He just wanted a different look and so he decided to grow a beard. He told me that it would be fun to shake things up and come up with a look that we are not used to. He also told me that he has not grown a beard at any stage of his life and it would be fun to have one now. Besides, it is as if he is in a corporate world where he has to look clean and shaven. He said that since his retirement, he has stayed home almost all the times.
He also told me though that it was not a permanent look. In fact, he is already preparing his shaving kit to remove the beard any time. He starts feeling itchy with the beard and he wants to even rip it off. He is just trying his patience and find out how long it would take him before deciding to shave the hair off.
Hearing his story made me feel relieved. I thought there was a deeper reason behind his decision to grow a beard. I thought he had a tough fight with my other or that we are in a deep financial trouble. Apparently, none of those suspicions were true. He was just trying to experiment at a late stage in his life.
A rebel at heart
He grew up in a very strict environment. His mother was conservative and they were raised in an uptight Christian family. He also studied in a Catholic school and even went on a mission to South America for a few months. He has graduated with flying colors and even proceeded with his postgraduate studies. This is the reason why he wants to shake things up right now. He knows that if he won’t do it now, he might not have the chance.
Going back to the old look
After a week of being at home for the summer break, I have woken up to the old father that I used to know. He has already removed the beard and looked great again. Personally, I prefer him without one. He looked a lot younger without a beard. He also showed me the beard trimmer that he has purchased online. He was very proud of it. In fact, he bought it long before he decided to grow a beard.
A touching story
I have never seen this side of my father before. He was really uptight and slightly conservative, even though he was more liberal with us. I appreciated him more with his move to grow a beard. It might seem like a crazy move, but he deserved it. In fact, all of us do. Whether it is growing a beard or dying our hair, it is ultimately our choice. As long as we think it would liberate us and make us feel better, we should do it.
Perhaps, I will also do some crazy stuff someday. I was thinking of changing my hair color this summer to surprise my family. However, growing a beard is definitely not in my plan. It would take lots of courage before I even decide to go for it.