Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Rite of Passage (sort of)
Over the years (& as I realized yesterday, I've had a lot of them) one experiences all sorts of rites of passage. Bar Mitzvas, 1st Communions, specific b-days, the 1st wet dreams, or the development of body hair are all greeted w/ a sense of accomplishment. However, it's only the last 1 on the list that got me to log in today. I 1st started going grey while in 7th grade. Throughout high school, I plucked them so as to look younger, I guess. Finally, I stopped caring & accepted the fact that grey hair is in my future; I even experienced my 1st grey facial hairs last year. What happened yesterday began a whole new trajectory for me though. I think I may have begun the long decent towards death. I was getting into the shower & found 3 greys on my chest. What's next but greys in the pubes? And then of course, the coup de grace of all hair issues... the ears. I suppose I can deal w/ the pube issue through a strict "Brazilian Only" policy, but that kind of scares me. Once the hair on the ears starts though (& I think it may be any day), I guess it'll be time to start digging my whole. It's funny too because so many of my friends see me as the young Turk in the group, but a few grey chest hairs can really alter ones perception of himself. Pretty soon I'll be looking like this guy... if I don't already.