But I' not entirely sure how long it will be around so I didn't want those who only know me from cartoons to be confused by the change ups in drawing.
There seems to be a definite divide among the pro-beards and the anti-beards. There is a guy who opened a men's shop in Highland Square and he sells his own brand of beard balm. I told him that my beard seems to be controversial. Apparently that is a sore spot with him. "Man!" he exclaimed, "I wish people would just let people look the way the want to look!"
Actually I wasn't complaining I was bragging. It makes me kind of happy that people care and feel that they have a stake in it.
Generally the divide seems to be about age 45. Under 45 people tend to really like it. Over 45 - not so much:
In some ways, having a beard is a ministry - like having a dog. When I walk Sebastian, people who would normally not talk to me will walk right up to me. "Hello fella! How are you! You are such a good looker!" They say that to the dog, not me. But then they notice me and we might have a conversation. "Oh! Hi to you also Father. I've been meaning to talk to a priest . . ."
It also is somewhat of an icebreaker to start a conversation with other men. . .
Growing a beard is one of the last socially acceptable, publicly masculine things to do. The greatest men of all times have had beards. In fact, the oldest depiction of St. Sebastian has him sporting a great white beard. (It was much later that artists started depicting him as a very young man.) But then there is St. Pio, St Kolbe, St. Nicholas (who you let into your house every year to fill your shoes with candy) and St. Francis.
From the "The Bearded Catholic Blog" it is pointed out that C.S. Lewis in his Screwtape Letters wrote this:
"The aim is to guide each sex away from those members of the other with whom spiritually helpful, happy, and fertile marriages are most likely. Thus we have now for many centuries triumphed over nature to the extent of making certain secondary characteristics of the male (such as the beard) disagreeable to nearly all the females - and there is more in that than you might suppose."
For these reasons, Tony Vasinda wrote an article over at the Catholic Beard Balm Co. that "All Catholic Men Eventually Grow Beards." Read it HERE.
But for the time being, it remains somewhat controversial. But hey, a guy can dream right?