September 21, 2009

Mother Son Bonding

So.

How is this for point of reference, generational issues?

A little background info, Ringo has a bit of a moustache coming in. It's dark peach fuzz. It annoys him. One day on the drive to school, I noticed it was... gone.

I said to him, "Did you shave?"

He nodded.

I said, "What did you use?", kind of horrified at the thought he might have used MY razor as his Dad uses an electric.

He replied, "You have a bag of razors in the guest bathroom. I just used one of those."

I have a bag of women's razors in the guest bathroom, in case a visitor needs one, and he used one of those and a BAR OF SOAP. Now I realize that at this age, a bar of soap works, but I felt kind of bad. I mean, I can spring for a little shaving cream.

Really.

So Ringo and I were unloading the car this afternoon after we had arrived home. I looked at his moustache and said, "Do I need to buy you a razor?"

He shook his head no. (He is kind of monosyllabic... if he speaks. Emoting is not his strong suit.)

Staring at him I said, "Dude, I can get you shaving cream. You don't have to use a bar of soap."

He shook his head, shrugged and said, "No thanks. Soap works..."

I leaned over grinning and rubbed the back of my hand against his face. "Do you have whiskers yet?"

He grinned and shook his head no. (It was a quiet day... more quiet than usual for him.)

I continued, "You know, you're just going to be fresh faced one night and wake up the next morning and you'll look like Grizzly Adams."

Ringo stopped, looked at me, and said, "Who's Grizzle Adams?"

ARGH!

Some of you may remember, my favorite ice cream in the whole wide world is something called Moose Tracks. I can't normally keep it in the house. I'd eat the entire half gallon if it would not result in puke fest or some sort of sugar shock.

In a moment of weakness, ice cream being on my grocery list, the boys' addition, I bought MY favorite, instead of theirs. I figured, they'd suffer.

Tonight, I walked into the kitchen to find Ringo hunched over a big bowl of ice cream. I came in and his eyes got wide.

Said me, "Ah. I see you're eating my favorite ice cream in the whole wide world!"

Said he, "Did you know we had this?"

Replied me, "Of course, who did you think BOUGHT it?"

Replied he, "Oh. I wasn't going to tell you. I was afraid you'd eat it all..."

Nice.

Posted by Boudicca at September 21, 2009 08:38 PM
Comments

Bou,
He can probably get away with a dry shave for another year or two. Or soap. When his beard gets coarser, then he'll need shaving cream. He'll figure it out.

To this day, I can make a disposable razor last forever.

Posted by: Jerry in Indiana at September 21, 2009 10:14 PM

Oy. The grooming of boys. My S/O has a 16 year old son. Fortunately he does not live with us full time....otherwise I probably would have...Ack!...run away long ago. (But I've known and partially lived with this kid since he was 4.) Good luck. These young men are....???? Something to deal with.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at September 22, 2009 02:56 AM

Oy. My S/O has a 16 year old son. Fortunately he does not live with us full time....otherwise I probably would have...Ack!...run away long ago. (But I've known and partially lived with this kid since he was 4.) Good luck. These young men are....???? Something to deal with.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at September 22, 2009 02:57 AM

Oy. My S/O has a 16 year old son. Fortunately he does not live with us full time, otherwise I probably would have run away long ago. (But I've known and partially lived with this kid since he was 4.) Good luck. These young men are something to deal with.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at September 22, 2009 02:59 AM

Eeeek! My comment posted a billion times! I kept getting an error message, and so I edited my comment, hoping it would be accepted. Well, ooops...I guess it accepted them all. Erf!

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at September 22, 2009 03:02 AM

Ahh for those days of peach fuzz. I had blonde hair when I was younger but I also had a heavy beard. After my first year of shaving I needed to shave twice a day. Finally when I got to be 30 I just decided the heck with it and grew a beard and moustache. Have not shaved clean in almost 40 years. And one of my best friends has jet black hair and Italian ancestry and he cannot grow a moustache and beard to save him. And he wants one. I told him I would grow it, trim off enough for him and supply the Elmer's.

Posted by: dick at September 22, 2009 10:51 AM

I caught the oldest boy once looking at a bottle of Nair and thinking it might work. Good thing he didn't try it!

He says his razor does not do a good enough job on some areas. Those of you bearded people, please tell me, is there a shaver that gives a good close shave all over, or do you always have to use a razor to do the close stuff?

Posted by: PeggyU at September 22, 2009 11:26 AM

Never used an electric that was as close as a blade, but I've got a pretty full beard.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at September 22, 2009 04:55 PM

It's enough to keep the skin wet and a little slippery. Soap works fine. I've used it for more years than I'd like to admit. Real men can shave with soapy water and their pocket knife. This assumes that their dad taught them how to sharpen.

Once I bought cheap in a bag razors that were advertised for women. As far as I could tell they were identical to the men's. But some razors definitely give a much closer shave.

Posted by: Carl Brannen at September 22, 2009 07:10 PM

Peggy- Like TN, my husband has a heavy beard. My Dad does too. My husband's beard is so heavy that Bones calls him The Wolf. My husband uses an electric. It's not as close as a blade, as TN says, but he does prefer it. When we go out, he has to shave again before we go. He'll shave before work, and then shave before our evening event. It's like being married to a Chia Pet. POOF! He has hair!

He uses a Norelco. He researched what he wanted and I bought it for him for Christmas one year. (I know... we're so romantic. Heh. He got other things than the razor...) He likes it.

Posted by: Bou at September 22, 2009 08:59 PM

Years ago it was impossible to find a razor that would give a close shave. Hubba bought me a straight razor, a strop and a honing stone one year, and I finally got a decent shave. Soon afterwards Gillette came out with their double blades that really did the job. The secret is keeping the beard wet and the skin slick; that's what shaving cream does, and the best time to shave is right after a hot shower. The straight razor is still great for trimming around my beard, though. I've still got my great grand dad's straight razor. Ringo can try it when he's here next time.

Posted by: Angus of Dunedin at September 22, 2009 09:21 PM

Thanks! He is in need of a new shaver. I will borrow your suggestions. :)

Posted by: PeggyU at September 22, 2009 11:50 PM

Dad- If we let Ringo use your straight razor, he's going to cut off his top lip.

Posted by: bou at September 23, 2009 06:13 AM

Soap actually work very well for shaving. If I go for more than 3 or 4 day with out shaving I'll use soap and just shave in the shower. Mach 3 is on of the better razors our there. You'll pay for it, but they work really well.

Posted by: Retired Navy CPO at September 23, 2009 09:20 AM

Angus has it just right. The key is keeping the skin nice and slick. Soap and water work fine - several days a week, I use shaving soap with a brush. The brushless goop that comes in a tube, though, that kicks butt. Better than any of that crap in a can... and I can make a tube last nine months.

Use sharp razor blades, too. I use those fancy-pants triple-blade jobbies, and I can squeeze two weeks' worth of shaves out of one blade unit.

Posted by: Elisson at September 23, 2009 03:09 PM

I think of myself on weekdays as smooth shaven. I must be an idiot. I come out of the shower and take the soap bar in my hands, lather up, smear it on and shave with a disposable razor (I'm well into my 3rd month). Even Mondays seem to leave me with the same smooth shaven results.

On a reserve weekend away from home I bought a bag of disposable razors and managed to carve off a lot of skin before getting a clean shave. Most of the bag razors were designed and sold by sadists and offer little curves and burrs that can harm the flesh of the face.

They'd probably be okay for removing the hair from the chest or armpits etc but I'm a guy, don't do that and wonder. Are today's guys shaving themselves like women do? From what I see on TV it seems to be.

Posted by: Curtis at September 26, 2009 11:18 PM