Thursday, February 7, 2008

Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin.

My mom has told me for many years Beth, if you ever need to put me in a home, just do it! Don't feel bad about it, just do it. I don't ever want to be a burden on you. And don't feel guilty about it.

I have always thought this was a selfless thing for her to say but there was always one caveat with her selfless request. Just make sure you pluck my chin hairs. I don't want to be one of those old ladies with lots of wild chin hairs.

This last request always used to make me chuckle.

Chin hairs? She's nuts!

Several years ago, I discovered what she was talking about. I looked in the mirror and to my horror; I noticed something growing from my chin. It was a tiny hair. I quickly grabbed my tweezers and got rid of it.

There, I thought. It's gone. No one saw it. I don't need to worry about that anymore.

Wrong.

Plucking that one stray chin hair 10 years ago seemed to be the catalyst for all the others that were going to make their march across my chin. What I thought was a one time plucking inconvenience has now become part of my daily grooming ritual.

And is there anything more embarrassing than having your husband walk into the bathroom when you are plucking your chin hairs? Ah, the romance.

Every time I pass a mirror in a sunny room, I cock my head at a certain angle so I can see if there are any wild chin hairs growing.

I am constantly rubbing my chin to see if I can feel any stubble because when you pluck a chin hair, one thing is certain, it will grow back. And never content to grow alone, it always seems to bring a friend to the party.

I have often thought about waxing my chin. I have never had anything waxed before and I'm not even sure if they do chins, but I have seriously thought about it

Now that I am older though, my mother's words are ringing in my ears.

Just make sure you pluck my chin hairs.

I guess that means Sarah is going to be the one responsible for my chin hair maintenance after she puts me in the home.

Perhaps I better think twice before sending her to her room, denying her a new dress or not letting her have a second helping of ice cream. I don't want her to hold these things against me when she is the one wielding the tweezers.

So mothers, be good to your daughters.

Or perhaps, consider electrolysis.


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34 comments:

jennwa said...

You are too funny.

Karen MEG said...

When I saw your post, it made me laugh! Beth, that was too hilarious!!! Your MOTHER is hilarious too... of all the things to think about.
I'll share... I have this one nasty chin hair that crops up... but it's only been the one, I keep having to remind myself to pluck it, though because unlike you, my natural hair colour is BLACK! A bit hard to hide beneath foundation!
Isn't it fun, this thing called aging?

Grandma T said...

Beth, You do make me laugh! And to think that 45 years ago, all I wanted was boys! What would I do without you! You have surely blessed by life more than I ever imagined! Laughter....it keeps the heart young! Thank you!

Family Adventure said...

This is too, too funny! But you know where I'm heading right now, right? I'm going RIGHT TO THE WASHROOM to have a look at my chin. Under a microscope.

And, unlike you, I don't have a daughter to help me when I get older. Imagine having to count on your daughters-in-law to deal with you chin hairs. Yikes. I think electrolysis is the way to go for me.

Heidi

Chelle' said...

Soooo funny Beth. At the risk of ratting out my best friend here... I have to tell you- I laugh because she is constantly complaining about this very issue. Plucking.

I love that you blogged about it.

Jennifer said...

Too funny! My son (16 should know better) just pointed out one on my chin at church in front of a group of people we were fellowshipping with. Good thing he knows I don't get too caught up with that kinda stuff. It's not like you can stop it from happening. That and gray hair that my kids LOVE to talk about. I gently remind them that their day is coming...
Smiles!

Mari said...

Too funny - I tell my kids the same thing about putting me in a home, but I will have to add the chin hair thing!

girlymom said...

It is funny that you wrote this because my grandma was always asking my mom if she had any chin hairs that she couldn't see. I always found this peculiar, but now my mom asked me- yikes, does that mean I am getting older too?

Laura said...

I keep tweezers in my bathroom and in MY PURSE for that very reason...you think you've taken care of the issue then BAM you look into the rear view mirror and insidious little hairs are waving to you.

Angie said...

My YOUNGER sister ruined this for me and I had it for a potential blog topic at some point in time in the future when my kids and husband fail to entertain. She once lifted her chin and asked if she had any wicked witch chin hairs.
"Gross," I said.
She said, "what don't you get them?"
"NO! Gross. Bummer for you"
"Let me see."
I looked up in the air exposing my neck and she started cackling finding TWO! Plucking simply hatches the eggs. I get about 2 every two months now.
KEEP BELIEVING

MadMad said...

Hahaha! But you're thinking about it all wrong... I'd be spending my days, looking at Girl, thinking, well, fine, missy, be that way now, but you'll see. Someday you're gonna have to pluck my chin hairs...

Casdok said...

Great post! Cant stay must go and pluck!

Andrea said...

haha...that is hilarious! My chin hairs seem to be hiding so far...hopefully it'll be a long time before they decide emerge! ;) And yeah, before then I also need to have a girl who'll take care of those chin hairs someday. ;)

Corey~living and loving said...

What a brillant post Beth! thanks for the smiles. oh and I have three chin hairs that I am constantly dealing with.

Bonnie said...

Oh man this made me laugh. I can totally relate !! I keep tweezers in my purse because sometimes the sun will catch one shiny hair that I didn't see in the house, but I'm already in the car !!! eeeek !! At least you know you are not alone in this crazy chin haired world of women plucking them out !!

Queen of My Domain said...

Oh how funny. I don't have any wild chin hairs but if I'm not careful my eyebrows get out of control. I do wax those just to keep me sane. Thanks for the chuckle.

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

This is so funny, Beth! All those little things we used to think were crazy suddenly start coming true, our moms weren't kidding afterall! Don't feel bad, you've got lots of company, many tweezer carryin' moms around!

Lizzy

Teachin' this mommy new tricks! said...

Ha ha! love that story. But it could be worse. I have a friend that has dark dark hair and her family have some pretty strong genes in the family pool, so with a mixture of black hair plus hairy bodies...she has to have her husband help her Nair her lower back. YOu know that marriage will last if it can take that :)

Amy said...

Oh my goodness...I just laughed so hard right now. I can totally relate to this. I wish I couldn't :)

Pam said...

I am laughing because I can relate on a much deeper level. I have battled with facial hair since middle school. Runs in the family. Even after years of painful and costly electrolosis, I am still plucking daily!!!

Oh, it isn't confined to my face, either! For that reason, there are NO pictures of my exposed pregnant belly...ugh. Oh, well.

"If we took all our troubles
and hung them on a line,
You'd take yours,
And I'd take mine."

Motherwise said...

I hope by the time I might need to go to the home, the 10 years and lots of cash I have spent going to the electrolysist pay off. I am the pertetual optimist. (With chin hairs.)

Brittany said...

oh no! I have never plucked a chin hair...that scares me. I know my day will come. oh dear... i need a mirror!

My Goodness said...

Are you trying to get us to all 'out' ourselves as 'hairy chin havers???'

Fine.

I'm out.

Two that come and go.

There.

tommie said...

OMG, I just had to come see who had a cool tray like mine. I went to several SLatH parties last year!

We call those chin hairs "mutant" hairs. I get them on my cheek! How weird is that?

carrie said...

I agree, absolutely! It's like that first pluck brings more hair . . . in droves. It drives me nuts, even to the point of having my hormones tested - I was convinced I was half male, but No! Imagine.

Electrolysis is growing more attractive with each passing hairy year.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You are right to be worried.

I've covered the indignities of aging in depth--the instant chin hair is just the beginning.

http://jugglinglife.typepad.com/juggling_life/2008/01/page/2/

You better make sure she's up for cutting your toenails too!

Cathy said...

This was hilarious! I remember the first time I caught my mom plucking chin hairs, on a camping trip, when I was in high school.

Now I get it.

the mother of this lot said...

Maybe when the failing eyesight kicks in you won't be able to see them!

I left you an award on my blog.

Amy said...

Funny post! My sister calls them "goat hairs" I have NO idea why...anyway funny but I am going to look close when I shower this AM!

I'm AZ said...

This post is so funny! When I first discovered I had chin hairs I thought that this must be what old age is like...rogue hairs plaguing my existence. I've got a ton of them and my husband actually enjoys trying to yank them out. Now there's romance! lol....

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

I always wondered what that phrase meant...

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

No, no, no, do not wax. It makes them grow back worse. And if you are like me, you might get a rash, which is so embarrassing, because then you think everyone knows HOW you got the rash.

The best thing to do is to keep tweezers in your car console and flip down your mirror and pluck at stop lights. The light is perfect for chin hairs.

If you need anything else, feel free to ask.

Signed,
The Harriest White Girl In America

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

PS - I have always said if my kids don't pluck me in the nursing home, they are out of the will.

me + your mom = simpatico.

The Optimistic Pessimist said...

It isn't just the ladies in the home....I'm 26 and have had chin hairs since my teens.

Dang Italian genetics.