Sunday, February 17, 2008

This is love

Okay. Here I am sitting at the computer, checking my e-mail. Bing walks in, reminds me that we have to leave for a wake (her uncle died) in a half hour and then looks curiously at my face.

"Hold still. I'll be right back," she says.

She returns a moment later with a tweezers.

"Hold still, you have a chin hair that is really long," she tells me.

Oh, great. A chin hair?

She plucks it in one fell swoop. I ask to see it, she says no, it will upset me and tosses it into the wastebasket.

"So..um...just how long was it?" I ask her.

"I'd guess maybe a half inch," she says.

A HALF INCH???

She leans down and kisses me.

"Now, you won't scare my relatives at the wake," she says.

It occurs to me that this is love. When you trim chin hair for each other.

Boy howdy....

25 comments:

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Awww, that IS love. I try to search and destroy my own before anyone else sees them.

You don't want to be scaring people at a wake when they're already upset.

dive said...

Mutual grooming. It's what separates us and our fellow apes from the creationists.

pins said...

This reminds me of what my GF does for me - I had a hip replacement 4 years ago. I cannot reach my baby toe on that side now. So my GF cuts that toenail for me. I am both appalled and somehow touched by it everytime she does it.

the only daughter said...

Sweet.

Shazza said...

Awwwww, how sweet!

I'm glad M and I aren't the only ones plucking each others stray chin hairs!

Angelissima said...

Well. I've amassed quite a collection of chin hairs over the years regrettably...(sigh) I think its an Irish thing. My daughter Katie is the only one who has ever offered to pluck one out for me though.

On the other hand, I will pluck the errant hair from Bernie's eyebrow (don't want "breshnev-brow" to go along with his uni-brow.)
AND take care of the recent age-related feature: ear hair.

I've been known to pop zits, clip nails, pull out hairs, remove splinters and pick off scabs all in the name of love.

I actually brushed Gigi's teeth for her today because she missed a bit of Dorito cheese.

Trop said...

Court plucks me all the time. She thinks of it as foreplay.

Stacy said...

Isn't it funny what we know to be love as we get older? I guess love is knowing someone will be there to wipe the drool off your chin....and you'd reciprocate.

amusings_bnl said...

that is love,
and thank you for reminding me i need to make an appointment with my electrolysist.

that's not even a real word.

by the way -- i love you. not as much as bing, but i do. i'm sorry for her loss. i hope you and her family have wonderful fellowship together. with lots of laughs, love, and tears.

x0

Bah said...

Awwwww.

(barf)

:-)

Gypsy said...

This is the second post I have read today about chin hair. I get one hair on my chin every once in a while that actually grows to half an inch overnight. I'm always getting my daughters to check for it, almost daily, and then overnight there it is in all its half inch glory. Bing plucking chin hair!!!! Now that's what I call true love.

DN said...

Heck with flowers as long as you pluck each other's facial hair. Now that is true love.

SassyFemme said...

Ain't love grand?!!

Mrs. Schmitty said...

Yes, that is definitely love. Mr. Schmitty likes to pop zits...he just loves me so much!

Zoe said...

How sweet. BP takes great delite in plucking my sometimes stray and freakishly long mutant eyebrows. The joy she gets is almost scary.

Tina-cious.com said...

LOL -- Jess does mine all the time -- I don't know what I'd do w/o her. lol

zirelda said...

Oh my. I think I drive Dan crazy with my tweezers. I could grow a full beard if I'd just let them go. But there is no way no how I would let him tweeze one for me. :)

Scout said...

That really is love. I am pretty sure that kind of care and thoughtfulness would never happen in my house. You're fortunate.

Mme Benaut said...

After my spinal surgeries, M.B would cut and paint my toenails for me because although I could get to them by lifting my legs up (not by bending down), I couldn't maintain that position for long enough to do my toenails. He loved doing it for me and even had a favourite colour of polish that he used to use. So, that and this unprovoked act of spontaneity from Bing are both examples of loving and caring from our life partners. Very honest and quite cute post, Maria. You continue to amaze me.

Elizabeth Penmark said...

Yes, I agree. It IS love. But, gotta say, it - don't you own a mirror woman????

Lulubelle B said...

Hammer toes & chin hairs - you are the definition of sexgoddesslike ;^D

Melissaria said...

That's very funny. It almost doesn't apply to my marriage; if something too grim is requested, I just say 'No, that's disgusting, and your mum's a nurse. Get her to do it.' Sometimes though, I think he insists just to check that I love him enough...

Rebecca said...

A half inch chin hair is quite admirable! I can't imagine my husband doing that for me, but I have plucked his ear hair...blech!!

CDJ said...

I laughed out loud at this one. I shave Hubbz's back if that makes you feel any better :-)

Patois said...

I don't think my blindish husband would notice a foot-long hair out of my chin.