Father's Day: Shaving Thoughts

Five Huckberry sons share a few of their favorite stories about their fathers
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Jun 1, 2015 | By Huckberry Staff

here's something about shaving that always seems to remind us of dad. Maybe it's because we still remember the first time he taught us how to handle a razor, or maybe it's just because those are the few moments in the day that are quiet enough for us to reflect on anything at all. With Father's Day right around the corner, we asked a few guys around the Huckberry Office to put together some stories about their old man. 

"My dad couldn't ever perform household chores unless he'd set the mood accordingly. My mom had to be out buying groceries, there had to be a fresh bag in the vacuum cleaner, and Billy Joel's Storm Front had to be cranked to eleven. Come to think of it, I follow suit on all three fronts, though I've (mostly) outgrown Billy."

— Zach Pina, Managing Editor

"My dad is a pretty tough dude. I've seen him accidentally shoot a carpentry nail through his hand and not so much as flinch. But there's something about that last really sad scene in Stand By Me that makes him suddenly have to go fix his contacts in the other room."

— Tommy McDermott, Associate Editor

"My dad grew up in northern Maine and had a beard that would make Paul Bunyan proud. Unfortunately, my mom didn't share the same sentiments so like a good, compromising husband my dad shaved it. And he's continued to shave everyday since.  As a young kid wanting to be just like dad, I badgered him every morning to let me try out his trusty razor.  Being a responsible father, he instead gave me a tube of toothpaste and told me to use the end of it as a practice razor.  Well that first time he also failed to share his shaving cream - so I ended up actually using the toothpaste. Smelled like Crest wintergreen for days."

— Ben O'Meara, Senior Brand Manager

"My dad, a do-it-yourselfer through and through, took it upon himself to renovate an old fireplace in our house one summer. From the other room, I heard a whoosh, a yelp, and then came the oh-so-distinct smell of burning hair. Fearing the worst, I dashed into the room — poor guy had singed both his eyebrows clean off." 

— Evan Williams, Growth Associate

"Throughout my whole childhood, I wanted a mustache or beard that could live up my dad's. I'd seen him sport his fair share of facial hair styles over the years including the beard, the goatee, as well as different variations of the mustache. Years later when I graduated college, I had finally grown my own handlebar mustache. My dad saw me for the first time after graduation with this new facial hair and said, 'Son, I've never been more proud of you.' I am positive that his remark was at least 80% about the handlebar."

— Mike Idell, Assistant Buyer

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