When I’m sick, I don’t trim my facial hair.

I’d say I don’t shave, but that wouldn’t be anything new. I never shave. I hate having a clean-shaven face. That perma-scruff you see in EVERY picture I’ve ever posted of myself… yeah. It’s very much on purpose.

I have my reasons. And I don’t have to tell you.

Oh fine, twist my arm. I’ll tell you.

When I have a clean-shaven face it literally takes a decade off of me. People think I look like a college freshman.

And that sucks. Cause I’m a man. A big, hairy, grumbly man.

Anyway, how the heck did I go off on that tangent? The purpose of this post was to say, “I’ve been sick with the throat crappies for almost two weeks, and this is the result.”

I’ve got a beard.

The problem… people are already telling me that having this beard takes years off of my face. I got carded for a PG-13 movie this morning.

Groan. I just can’t win in the manly contest. Back to a neatly trimmed scruff, I guess.

Of course, taking years off of my looks might be a good idea since I’m going back to school in January with people that were barely out of diapers when I graduated high school.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. What do you think? Do I look better with beard or scruff? Does your level of facial hair (or the level of your significant other’s facial hair) make you look a whole lot older or younger?

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!