Bald Is Beautiful…


This past month I had the dreaded task of taking my papa to his barber and requesting his head be shaved, due to his ongoing chemotherapy treatments. My mom asked I take him, she was not sure she would be able to keep her composure. Oh how I was dreading this, trying to put on a smile as we drove silently down the street to his local barber shop. 

Upon walking into the barber shop I quickly noticed the mood was upbeat; it was your typical old fashion barber shop where all the men hung around in over sized chairs … shooting the bull. Oscar (my dad’s barber) greeted my papa at the door. Oscar said, “What are we doing for you today Ed?”  Papa replied, “we are shaving it off.” Oscar sat him down and let papa know it was not his first time doing this procedure. He had other clients who were cancer patients. He let my papa know he was in very good hands.

I felt my eyes watering up as his barber took the first shave of hair off the back of his head. I quickly pulled myself together. I knew if my papa saw I was upset, he would be too. Suddenly the barber said “see that dog over there laying down next to the guy, that dog sings you know?’ Oscar quickly made one little howling sound and the dog started his operetta solo. We all broke out in laughter. That’s when I knew it was going to be alright.

Without missing a beat, I said to my papa, “you look like Uncle Fester from the Addams Family TV Show. All you need is a light bulb in your mouth.” Papa replied “ha-ha-ha you’re so funny.” I tried to get him to place a light bulb in his mouth and let me take a photo of him … that was a BIG NO!  I said, “you know papa there are many handsome men who were bald … actors Yule Brynner, Telly Savalas, just to name a few. Lets not forget Mike Meyers as the famous “Dr. Evil.”

You can’t help but place your pinky finger to your mouth and utter the line “One Million Dollars!”  I could have broke out into character from “The King and I” and repeated etc … etc … etc. Or a Kojak famous line “who loves ya baby?” But I held THAT back. The more famous bald men I pointed out the more I laughed. All the sudden I found the situation not as “doom and gloom” as perhaps I first anticipated. I looked at papa and said “you look pretty handsome, nice shaped melon.” The barber turned my dad’s chair around, so he could take a closer look at his new hair-do in the mirror … or lack of one! Papa replied “Oooh my God.”

I quickly pointed out to my papa he now has the chance to wear his beloved USC cap more often. I could not wait to get him home so mom could get a glance at her bald beauty. Mom saw us walking up the from the driveway. 

The door opened and mom broke out in a huge smile. Mom said “oh my you look so cute.” She immediately kissed his cheek. Mom admitted to being nervous about taking dad to have this done. But upon our arrival back home she felt relieved. My mom went to the bathroom to get some sunscreen for his head. She started smiling as she was rubbing his shiny little head with sunscreen; I knew then we were all OK. Funny, never in a million years did I ever think I would be taking my papa to have his head shaved due to chemotherapy treatment. Life is strange sometimes. I guess it is true what they say, who are “THEY” anyway?? Some of the hardest life experiences make for some of the best memories.” Remember Bald Is Beautiful!

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22 responses to this post.

  1. Bald is beautiful and natural! I bet your dad looks great!

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  2. Posted by Ray Graves on November 12, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    Oh Kellie that was soo well done,you are a writer,no kiddening your so interesting,telling every detail,I hated to see the end.So I read it again.Love You! AND SAVED IT!!!!

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    • Dear Wanda
      Thank you so much for the kind words. I think
      The little details are so important.
      To be able to almost be visualize
      it yourself. It will be a memory I will
      Always cherish . Thanks for popping in and reading.

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  3. Posted by Polly on November 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    your fatheris a cute little. mom

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  4. Thanks for sharing the storing with a range of emotions. Hope everyone is doing well.

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  5. Oh Kellie, this was such a sweet post. It had to be very difficult, but you were really there for your Papa and I do really pray that he does well with his chemotherapy. It is hard for all of you, I know. We had dinner with friends last Saturday to celebrate remission from a very difficult Cancer and subsequent stem-cell transplant. And when they arrived at our doorstep Tom proudly showed us his hair coming back! 🙂 But for now, dear Kellie, your Papa’s “bald” is beautiful. Courage to you all… oxoxo

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    • oh it is the biggest deal when hair comes back. I am a cancer survivor along with my sister. My sister’s hair came thicker and another color. It is such a bad disease I hate it. Thank you so much for taking the time to read the post.

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  6. Kellie, I’m impressed by how you’ve stepped up to the plate during these difficult times. It’s always a little stunning, when life demands these things of us, to find out just how strong we can be. That being said, some don’t have it in them. You, clearly, are made of the better stuff.
    I can only imagine how much your Dad admires you right now.

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  7. Thank you so very much for the kind words. It is funny how much strength you find in yourself when tragic events happen in your family. Yes many people have better coping skills than others…but I think we all find what skill we are best at in times like these. wishin you and your family a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

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  8. I have to agree, bald or short cropped / shaved hair is definitely the best 🙂

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    • Thanks for stopping by my blog to read. Funny my dad’s hair started to come back and he decided he LOVED being bald! So he went to barber and had them zip of the baby fuzz….who knew????

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