Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Be Bald and Free Day

October 14th is Be Bald and Free Day. Here's the author with her bald and free brother, David.


October 14th is Be Bald and Free Day


Today, I'd like to honor my late brother, David, who was the epitome of bald and free.

They say bald genes pass through the female side of the family and, indeed, our maternal grandfather certainly was bald. Our paternal grandfather was bald too, though, so David had twice the chance of inheriting the gene. No matter the biology, he started losing his hair at a fairly young age and was shiny on top before he turned 40.

David always wore a smile and often wore a hat. Not that he was hiding his baldness; it's just that sometimes bald heads need to be protected from the sun, under which you'd often find him, outdoors, camping or hiking.

Several years ago I asked him for his input on phrases about being bald that I could use to put on the hats in my online gift shop. Several of his suggestions are included in the Bald Humor collection of my store, a few samples of which are shown below. None of these phrases were insulting to him. He embraced his baldness and would encourage others to do the same.

We lost our brother David to cancer about 14 months ago and miss him every day. I don't know if he has hair in Heaven, but I'll find out eventually, when I meet him there. Although he is sorely missed, our family knows he's free now, free of pain and worry, and that is a comforting fact.

Being bald isn't so bad. Being free means different things to different people and I hope it means something positive to you. If you're bald, take a lesson from my brother and celebrate Be Bald and Free Day. Put a big smile on your face and feel free to grab a hat when you head out the door.




8 comments:

  1. So sorry for the loss of your dear brother. It seems he had a good spirit to be always smiling.

    Love these funny bald quotes on the hats. They made me smile. :)

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  2. Glad you liked the hats, Rhonda! Yes, David had a wonderful spirit. The picture of us above was taken about six weeks before he passed away. He had an amazing outlook on life, very inspirational. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. I'm guilty of not having visited in a while, Susan. No excuses. Apart from this thing called life, placing unrealistic demands on my time. I wish it wouldn't do that.

    Lovely story.

    And I'm certain David, and little Oreo are perfectly content where they are!

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  4. Thank you, Danny. I'm sure they are!

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  5. Dear Susan, it's hard to loose someone you love, but what a hoot for those sayings on your hats. They are too much! In our household, my husband is the only one who is not bald and has yet to turn grey even. His mother just before she died asked him if he colored his hair.....Of all the things to want to know at that point. No he doesn't color his hair, I just take very good care of him so he doesn't stress, so he has no reason to turn grey.....lol

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    1. You have me laughing out loud, Grammie O! That's so funny about your husband. I read your comment to my husband then assured him that he was well on his way to having his grey hair before he met me, so it wasn't totally my fault! Thanks for reading and for your sweet comment.

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  6. I'm very sorry for your loss, Susan. My dad was bald, and so was my maternal grandfather. I never met Dad's maternal grandfather. I like the the hats.

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    1. Glad you like the hats, Barbara! It's hard to say if genes always follow the rules, including in our family (I'd be more specific, but some certain someones, ahem, might be reading this). Thank you for your very kind comment.

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