Man shaves off mustache and wife doesn’t notice for three weeks

Lefty Graves
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** This article is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by my grandmother, who experienced them firsthand; used with permission.

My grandmother shared a hilarious story with me many years ago. She and my grandfather had been married for over 50 years when he passed away. She was reminiscing one afternoon and told me this funny story.

My grandfather didn’t have very much hair on top of his head and even less hair on the rest of his body. He had attempted to grow a mustache and was finally successful. He kept his new mustache trimmed neatly, and it looked quite attractive on his face.

After a long winter, my grandfather was working out in the fields one afternoon when he realized his mustache was making him sweat. So he went inside, and he shaved it off. He expected my grandmother to notice and waited patiently to see what she would say.

The first night, they ate dinner, and she didn’t say anything at all about his missing mustache. He kissed her goodnight, and still, she said nothing. She hadn’t noticed. My grandfather was a bit of a character, so he patiently waited for her to notice.

About three weeks later, they were at a dinner with some friends when suddenly my grandmother noticed that he had shaved off his mustache. Instead of quietly filing it away to talk to him about later, my grandmother burst out loudly, “You shaved your mustache off.” Every head turned in the restaurant where they were eating.

One of their friends dropped their fork. The table fell silent, and then my grandfather burst out laughing. “No wonder the kids think they can get away with so much,” he chided my grandmother, “You don’t notice things for weeks.”

My grandmother never lived it down that my grandfather had shaved his mustache three weeks prior, and she hadn’t noticed. To this day, we laugh about it as a family. Have you ever noticed something well after the fact about someone’s facial hair or hair on their head?

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Lefty has been writing online since 2000 on various topics, including youth mentoring, addiction recovery, parenting, gardening, advocating for seniors, sustainability, farming, and an eclectic mix of other topics. She resides on a farm with her family in Northeastern Washington state.

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