Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday: Mustache Confidential

Self Portrait Challenge is all about the flaws this month. So, Gulp, here it is: the only thing I obsess about.

My flaw, my stache, my mark of aging.

My old-lady Sicilian mustache is showing right on schedule. I'll be 42 in December. I remember petting my great-grandma's mustache (a little bent-over Sicilian lady). She was called Mama Nono by the way. I asked her about it, in that innocent way that oblivious children have and she responded with an unsatisfying answer about that is what happens when you get older. So I put that aside as just one of those weird things grownups say. Then I got older myself. And lo and behold there it is, just as she said.
I've tried just about everything to get rid of it:
- bleaching (works, but the hair is still there, just less noticeable),
- waxing(lips swollen,cracked, and numb, a bad reaction),
- depilatory(lips numb for a week!)
- tweezing (ouch).
I refuse to even try shaving. Oh well, guess I'm stuck with it and shall try to wear it proudly as a mark of my Sicilian heritage! And as a badge of achievement for making it to this advanced age! Woohoo me!

I know I'm not quite a bearded lady yet...but who knows! I may eventually have great-grandchildren to terrorize with my excessive facial hair.

Well, if I have to have a mustache, perhaps I will grow one like Salvador Dali's!


Deb R said...

I don't see it. Is it bleached in the pic?

I notice I'm getting a hint of 'stache as I get older too. Luckily mine is blonde. I still don't like it, but it's not noticable except in bright sunlight. :-P

cara winsor hehir said...

julie, i often read your blog and think, "this woman is me!"
i don't have a stashe that is noticable but it is there, waiting to turn dark, so i've started early with telling myself hairy faced women are hot. some suggested links on the subject:
these ladyies have a song called 'hairy chested women are hard to find', singing prasies... http://www.sarakamila.com

falwyn said...

Ahhh... thank you so much. I too have a stache, and it bothers me to no end. And I have no ancestry to blame it on... err, ascribe it to. :) I feel like my shoulders have dropped about a foot, in relief.... and I LOVELOVELOVE that bearded lady icon. :)

kristen said...

i'm w/deb - i don't see it at all. i have lovely black hairs that come out of a mole on my chin. my gramma has the same mole and hairs. my mom just has the hairs.

so lovely...heh.

gunky said...

YOU DON'T HAVE A MOUSTACHE! now i wish i had shown MINE - what a good idea. seriously. there is no hair on your lip.