I am, by my own calendar calculations, halfway through Lent Beard 2009, a project DT. Wells and I concocted at the behest of the boys in our church youth group.
While most people would argue (correctly, I might add) that giving up shaving for Lent isn’t much of a sacrifice, rest assured that DT and I are also forgoing other items (salt for him, dessert for me). The beards, though, serve as an outward sign of sacrifice, mainly in the amount of dates the facial hair is likely costing us.
I’ve grown a beard before, topping out at the four-week mark, so this time will be different as we’re pushing for the full 40 days of Lent. It’s going to be tough, as it’s already itching, which probably isn’t a manly thing to complain about, but it’s true: beards itch.
So, here it is, Lent Beard 2009, at halftime: