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.