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Little Shaver

Posted on 2008.03.21 at 00:26
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Signs - Five Man Electrical Band
An odd memory from early childhood popped into my head unbidden today, and I think it’s worth putting into words:

I would happen by the open bathroom door some mornings, and I would see my father shaving. Dad would be standing there with this small object in his hand. The object would be plugged in and buzzing loudly. I would see my Dad running it all over his face and neck. I didn’t initially perceive that it was shaving off his stubble or accomplishing anything at all; it just seemed like a very curious activity. Frankly, this rudely buzzing object didn’t seem like anything I’d want anywhere near my face!

At least once, I asked my father what he was doing. “I’m shaving,” was his reply, as if that explained everything. Well, it didn’t, but I didn’t pursue the matter. I finally figured out what was going on by seeing Fred Flintstone shaving off his animation-enhanced stubble on TV. Then I began to notice other things – like if my Dad stayed home from work for a few days, he would start to get rough whiskers on his face. I remember that they felt as rough as the nastiest sandpaper I might have found in his basement workshop.

That’s all. No moral here. No insights other than what my readers may contribute. Just a small snapshot of naïve childhood.


(Anonymous) at 2008-03-24 19:27 (UTC) (Link)

L'il Shaver

Hi Chuck !
Let us remember too...Fred was shaving with a clam shell with a buzzing bee in it (figure that one out.)...Dad had the ubiquitous Sunbeam electric razor...oiled down with the scent of 'Lectric-Shave.

P.S. Happy Easter !
charlesofcamden at 2008-03-24 20:08 (UTC) (Link)

Re: L'il Shaver

Ah yes... thanks for filling in the details!

And I hope Easter was a joyful & peaceful holiday for you & yours!
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