From time to time (read: almost every dang day), I find myself stroking my chin thoughtfully (or, more likely, in pensive confusion over the Universe and its shenanigans). As the years have fallen behind me, I've noticed a disturbing trend.
Wiry little hairs.
Wiry little hairs on my chin.
Dark wiry little hairs on my chin.
Now, what with being a witch and all, I suppose I should expect a few hairs and warts. Aren't we supposed to have hairy warts? Or moles? Or...something?
Being distinctly lacking in green-hued skin and warts, I feel as though I'm coming up aces in the hairs department.
There are two or three (Or a million, who's counting?) pernicious little buggers that love to mock me, lurking in curled anticipation of my wandering fingers and springing forth to tease my fingertips with derisive laughter at my dismay.
Evil things, I loathe them.
As soon as I detect the telltale feeling of steel wool sprouting from my flesh, I begin to tug at them, desperate to pull them out and send them down the sink in a swirling death spiral, or at least cast them to the floor with a triumphant smile.
The hairs resist.
They are rooted deeply, at least three or four feet in, and my too-short fingernails aren't sufficient for the job. Eventually I resort to the Tweezers of Tweezering Doom (TM, patent pending) and the Terribly Bright Spotlighting Flashlight of Brilliance (also TM, patent pending), shining said light under my chin and highlighting the horrors of time, weight loss, and hairy hellions.
I must be careful with my approach - come at them from the wrong angle and they slip free, and sometimes they manage to get a bit of skin in the tweezers as they dodge. Ouch! Sometimes I manage to get them square in the sweet spot of tweezery vengeance, but they simply let their upper part shear off, remaining a tiny black stump too short to grasp but long enough for me to see and feel for days, weeks even, as I wait for them to grow out again.
Sometimes I'll get on with nothing more than slightly longer than usual fingernails and determination, and then? I want to hold it aloft and parade around the house to be admired with wonder and awe. Alas, no one really cares, or can even really see the itty-bitty black curl, smaller than a 10 point comma, resting on my fingertip.
I could let them grow, multiply, takeover. I hear there's good money in being a bearded lady, these days.
My vanity, however, says "Nay!", and so I stroke, and pluck, and cuss, and pluck, and occasionally feel sorry for myself and the swiftly dwindling remains of my scant femininity.
I'll let you know when I hit the freak show circuit.
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"...besides love, independence of thought is the greatest gift an adult can give a child." - Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One
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