Goodbye to the Bearded Man


Movember (the month formerly known as November) is an annual charity event held during November.

At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants, known as Mo Bros, have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo, raising money along the way to benefit men’s health – specifically prostate cancer and men’s depression.

This month Queenstown-based Mike Christian will be participating and blogging on his experiences. His girlfriend Mountain Scene photographer Jess Parker will also be giving the woman’s perspective.

Mike: So, Movember is upon us once again and I am typing this as my girlfriend, Mountain Scene’s photographer – Jess Parker – sets up a studio in the bathroom to photograph the shaving of my mighty beard. Jess has only seen me without my beard in photos and is quite afraid of seeing me for the first time without one.. which also makes me afraid for some reason! (see below)  I have decided to let her shave my beard as part of her easing into my smooth new look – I figure this will be far less traumatic than me going into the bathroom and coming out all smoove…

Jess: Well my dear boyfriend has been told the story of how when I was 15 my dear father shaved off his beard on his 50th birthday and walked into the lounge with a big grin on his face all “smooovee” and I instantly went into shock. I had not seen my father without his beard EVER. I backed away from that man that was no longer my father and went outside, around the verandah, and back into the house through the front door (and therefore avoiding HIM) and ran upstairs to lock myself in my room for the rest of the day. Such was my outrage that I did not talk to him for an entire week, let alone look at him! How DARE he shave off such a vital part of his being without consideration for his family! He could’ve at least consulted us on the matter! My poor mother hadn’t even seen him beardless. In fact he had had the beard since his hippie days in the early 70s. Sure, I had to admit, his beard WAS going rather white and his hair was still blonde… but… nope, I’m still not sure of his irrational decision to this day.
So OF COURSE Mike should be a little afraid! But since I HAVE seen some photos of him with less beard than now… and since I’ve only known him for a few months then I guess it’s better now than when HE turns 50 and does it without warning! So I’ve been given the task of getting rid of his bristly goodness so that my shock will hopefully be not so severe. WILL it be a test for our fledgling life together???!!

INTERMISSION (off to the bathroom!)

Mike: DONE!!!…. Smooth as a baby… Jess is still in shock I think, and the neighbours must be thinking something weird is happening at our house – for the last hour there has been a loud ‘burrrrrrrring’ of my hair clippers, the sound of photos being taken and loud screams coming from the bathroom!
I must admit that I don’t really like myself without facial hair and over the last year or so I have become quite fond of my beard so it feels funny to have it off.. but whenever I think about it – it’s a small sacrifice to make for such a worthy cause…  Lets just hope our love can withstand it!!!

Jess: hmmmmmmmmm….. welll……’s very strange kissing my man without his bristly beard which I was of course quite used to and actually rather fond of as well. I haven’t stopped staring at him for the last 20 mins and well… I’m actually struggling to type cos I keep looking at him. Yes it’s a shock. It’s something that dramatically alters the landscape of a mans face. Suddenly there’s a chin… and the chins beneath the chin… and … haha he’s taking offence! Well, it’s just that I couldn’t see his chin crease as he looked down with all that hair there! But the key to this story is in the first sentence… I’m still KISSING him and so he shouldn’t be too worried. I haven’t fled the house or thrown a tantrum. Yet. 😉

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You can donate to his moustache by either:

  1. Clicking HERE and donating online using your credit card 
  2. Writing a cheque payable to ‘Movember Donations Account’, referencing his Registration Number 1445786 and mailing it to:

                                              PO Box 12 708
                                              Wellington 6144

Remember, all donations over $10 are tax deductible.

The money raised by Movember is used to raise awareness of men’s health issues and donated to the Cancer Society of New Zealand and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. These two charities will use the money raised to fund research and increase support networks for those affected with prostate cancer and experiencing depression.