A nice phone call from my son

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A nice phone call from my son

Post by a-cut-above » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:43 pm

I haven't posted much lately but I still read SMF regularly. I thought my SMF colleagues would like this story:
My son called from college a few days ago. We chatted a bit about the usual topics: classes, roommates, our very old boxer, plans for graduation, etc., etc. There was a pause, then, "Hey Dad, when I get home, would you teach me to shave with a safety razor like you use?" This, from the (previous) teenage know-it-all who thought my way of shaving was a hassle. If he could only have seen me smile!
(Next is getting him to ask me about the brush and creams and soaps instead of the blue gel…. :D )
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by ShadowsDad » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:32 pm

Yes, that would be a good phone call.

Soaps and a brush is part of shaving with a real razor is it not? I consider it to be an important part of the prep. (I face lather)
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by brothers » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:00 pm

Nice indeed! :D
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by Squire » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:00 pm

Set the hook gently and you can reel him in unnoticed.
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by EL Alamein » Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:39 pm

Gravity asserts itself eventually.

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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by a-cut-above » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:12 pm

While discussing wetting the beard, whisker direction, and using minimal pressure as he wipes on the blue gel, I will be quietly and subtly loading a shave brush then lathering my face with no mention of brushes or lather. We will proceed to the shaving instruction. Like Squire said, "Set the hook gently and you can reel him in unnoticed."
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by jww » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:15 pm

Squire wrote:Set the hook gently and you can reel him in unnoticed.
Indeed. Age brings wisdom and humility.
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by brothers » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:29 pm

It's possible, but not guaranteed. It's a gift at any age, and a blessing to all.
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by Squire » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:42 pm

Humility? You mean I get humility too? Hot diggity dog.
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by Johnny » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:41 am

All my kids are grown now and have their own families but I still enjoy getting those kind of phone calls.
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by a-cut-above » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:02 am

Kidding aside, I did enjoy getting the phone call. Maybe the old man isn't so odd after all.
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by Johnny » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:01 pm

4-years old. I love my Dad, he can do anything.

16-years old. Dad is not with the times.

19-years old. I know so much more than Dad it's not funny.

25-years old. I love my Dad, he was right and I was wrong.
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by CMur12 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:34 pm

Dave, that was indeed a nice phone call.

I'm of the impression that your son would adopt a brush and soap/cream when it interests him and when it's his idea.

Johnny, your 25-year-old son sounds a bit precocious to me. Most adults I know don't come to that conclusion until much later. :?

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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by Johnny » Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:18 am

That was not my son, that was me and it actually happened when I was 23.
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by jww » Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:21 am

Johnny wrote:4-years old. I love my Dad, he can do anything.

16-years old. Dad is not with the times.

19-years old. I know so much more than Dad it's not funny.

25-years old. I love my Dad, he was right and I was wrong.
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That was not my son, that was me and it actually happened when I was 23.
Same here.
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by M6Classic » Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:15 am

I started shaving with a badger and double edge when I was in high school, more decades ago than I should admit. My son in college has always shaved with a badger and double edged razor...he has never known anything else. However, my daughter in college just introduced us to her new paramour and he shaves with...get this...a badger and a double edge. For the Jews amongst us, let me just say, "L'dor vador!"

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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by Squire » Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:30 am

Johnny wrote:That was not my son, that was me and it actually happened when I was 23.
Actually my son is smarter than me, has a higher IQ anyway, a fact which he can work into a sentence surprisingly often.
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by a-cut-above » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:24 am

CMur12 wrote:Dave, that was indeed a nice phone call.

I'm of the impression that your son would adopt a brush and soap/cream when it interests him and when it's his idea.

Johnny, your 25-year-old son sounds a bit precocious to me. Most adults I know don't come to that conclusion until much later. :?

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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by a-cut-above » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:27 am

Squire wrote:
Johnny wrote:That was not my son, that was me and it actually happened when I was 23.
Actually my son is smarter than me, has a higher IQ anyway, a fact which he can work into a sentence surprisingly often.
Squire,
Our experience and guile will win out. 8)
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Re: A nice phone call from my son

Post by Squire » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:04 pm

So true, age and treachery always trump youth and inexperience.
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