Do I grow the beard out or not?

Someone I go to church with — a lady unafraid to speak her mind, which I respect tremendously — made a remark to my daughter in the last couple of weeks that she thought I’d be quite good looking if I shaved my beard off.

He told me he is going to shave the beard. At ...

He told me he is going to shave the beard. At first I could not stand it but it is starting to grow on me. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had to chuckle at that.  I don’t know about being good looking, but I do know I’d look younger without a beard … much younger, and that’s a fact.  More like a teenager.  It’s a look I’m really not all that comfortable with at my age, so that option is pretty much off the table.

I may have to consider getting serious again about going the Grecian Formula route and taking some of the gray out of it, though, after something that was said to my lovely wife Monday night.

Amy performed again with the West Valley Symphony of Utah that night in a patriotic program at a gorgeous amphitheater, and Amy was told that she needed to bring her music stands.  I dropped her off at the entrance to the amphitheater because we were running a bit late, found a place to park, grabbed the music stands and took them up to the stage to where Amy was seated in the first violin section.

After struggling to get her attention, I put the stands on the stage so Amy could see them.  Amy told me later that after I did that, the woman who sits in front of her — after seeing me give Amy the stands — asked her, “Is he your father?”

The gray in my beard could lead to that kind of question, but instead of taking it as an insult I see it as a compliment to how young-looking Amy is, especially seeing as how we have a son who is almost 21 years old.  Amy was nervous when it came to telling me about the woman’s question about me being Amy’s father, but my response instead has been to just laugh out loud — hard.

I usually trim my beard and mustache once a week, in the morning before heading off to church.  We skipped going this last weekend, so I skipped the weekly trimming.  Now, the more that I look at that beard in the mirror, I’m thinking I’m kind of liking that more rugged “mountain man” look that’s taking shape.

I’m still doing the job searching tasks — just last week I put out an online application for a computer programming job that’s a much closer fit than any web-based re-training I’ve been doing lately, plus a friend of mine from high school days pointed me to a nice-looking job as a national representative for a teachers’ union that she thought I’d be good at — but I’m not getting so much as a sniff at a job interview.

So, again, I look at the length my grayish beard is taking on and thinking, “Should I be superstitious and refuse to trim my beard and mustache until I get an interview?”

I know what my lovely wife’s response would be.  It would be a swift, loud, resounding “NNNNOOOOOO!!!”

Ah, but honey, it’d be for the job search cause!  Maybe it would help to speed the process along.  And I could look a bit more like William Golden from The Oak Ridge Boys!  Look like William Lee Golden, sing like bass vocalist Richard Sterban.

So, what d’ya think, huh?  Grow it out and hopefully not end up looking too much like William Lee Golden, or trim it?  The poll is now open.

It's Only Natural (Oak Ridge Boys album)

It’s Only Natural (Oak Ridge Boys album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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About A View From The Middle (Class)

Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October that year. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up on a daily basis over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that put us back into the "middle class." But then that job went away, and I took a job as a transit bus driver that put us more in a lower income bracket. Now, I want to blog again on a more regular basis to tell of the kinds of struggles people like us go through as we work toward something better. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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6 Responses to Do I grow the beard out or not?

  1. S Eve Jaskot says:

    Do it! Shave it off! It grows back!!! :-)

  2. Shave it off. You can grow it back while those who know you recover from the shock.

  3. Mary Jane says:

    Try something new! Shave it off! Younger looking is better in the job market anyway! hmmm where are those High School photos.. must be in the attic I think!! :-)

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