What’s old is new again, tools of the trade
I’ve been watching the light in the morning hit this cup and as Spring has progressed, it’s gotten prettier and prettier. Last week I grabbed my Fuji x20 and snapped this shot, immediately a flood of memories came back to me.
I’ve been shaving for more years than I’d like to admit to. The fact is, I had a full beard in my sophomore year of high school. That beard was my access into places I shouldn’t have even been allowed to go, because it made me look older tha I really was. Which is totally different from what I do now to try and look younger than my 56 years!
The Old Spice shaving mug you see, sits in our bathroom. For years it was my dad’s shaving mug and used daily. A few years before he passed away I saw this stored in the “linen closet” and I asked him if I could have it. I was making the transition to a badger brush and old school safety razor, all the magazines said this was the only way to get a really close shave. What you are looking at isn’t a decoration, it is used nearly daily (I still don’t like to shave and skip a few days each week if I can). If you watched “Skyfall” you saw 007 lather up with a similar brush, and I remember Tom Cruise in one of his recent roles using this to knock down the stubble. For me, it’s the only way to shave.
I’ve had several of you tell me that this image reminded you of your dad or grandpa. That’s cool, because I’m a dad and grandpa too, really “Bapa” to my grand kids. My dad was called “Gidi” by our kids,and that’s what my siblings and I called his dad. No matter who you knew or what you called them, chances are this was part of growing up. I guess it will be for the next generation at our house too!