Rob has had a beard for as long as I have known him. He has shaved it off a couple of times, only to let it grow right back. For the most part, it has been a nice, short and neatly maintained beard.
That is, until recently.
For some unknown reason, Rob decided to stop trimming his beard. I say unknown reason, because even Rob wasn’t sure what his plan was. He started asking me if he should braid it or put beads in it. My response was always a nervous laugh, followed by a whatever you like best, Dear. It is only fair to mention that I always secretly hoped he was kidding about both options.
As time went on, his beard got longer and longer. Not to mention fuzzier. It is now long enough to tickle me when I give him a hug. But still, the reason for growing it out remained unknown. Eventually he would get tired of it. Right?
Before I tell you about Rob’s revelation, I must back up just a little bit.
At the beginning of the year, Rob weighed about 260 lbs. Since January, he has been exercising regularly and eating better, and is now weighing in at about 235 lbs. Pretty awesome, huh? I thought so, too. Although Rob has been about the same size for as long as I have known him, he didn’t start out that way. Back in the early 90’s, when he got out of the Marine Corps, he was about 200 lbs. His goal has been to get back down to that weight.
Insert revelation here.
“I’ve got it,” he told me last week. “I know what I am going to do with my beard.” Please, do tell. He then informed me that he plans to grow it out until he hits 200 lbs. Once he hits that milestone weight, he will shave it off, and I will see what he looked like back when he left the Corps.
Basically, the faster he can get the weight off, the sooner he will shave his beard. He better hope I don’t find him with a cookie in his hand…