Yo, Council. I’m a few days from going off camping in the wilderness (sorta) with my delightful one and when I come back, there’s a decision to be made.
It’s past the point of fun experimentation, and now I need to know:
Yes or no to the beard?
So how ’bout it, council: Who’s got an opinion? Bossy’s friend Amy put your hand down.
Lesa saysJuly 23, 2010 at 4:46 am
Could you just clone him? He’s darling both ways.
Nic saysJuly 23, 2010 at 5:56 am
Audubon Ron saysJuly 23, 2010 at 6:05 am
Whatever Mom wants.
Pam saysJuly 23, 2010 at 6:08 am
Ooooh, tricky. Manly or boyish? Ummm – you’ve got the rest of your life to be a man. Go with youth!
runnergirl saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:03 am
not everyone looks good w/ a beard. Not everyone looks good w/o a beard. You, however, look good w/ both options. If the hair is itchy, then shave. If you like the fact that you don’t have to shave keep the beard. I like the beard look, just don’t go ZZ top on us.
Jean saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:06 am
You’re handsome either way, of course. But, I’ve never met a man who I thought looked better with a beard than without (including my husband who I can only hope shaves soon).
Kelly saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:11 am
Beard… though I may be biased
Autumn saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:20 am
Zendra saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:32 am
Hunter saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:34 am
I won’t opine on whether you look better one way or ‘tother. But as someone who wears one, I’d say, play with it. Grow it in more. Then shave the cheeks for a circle beard. Then shave it off. Then grow it back. Trim it differently. Have fun with it and you’ll find friends who see it all different ways will start giving their opinions.
Sewmouse saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:54 am
Lose the face fur. You’re much more attractive without it.
becky saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:57 am
It’s a heat wave…..
When I pass roadkill these days I have to wonder if it was really heatstroke that got um’. See all that hair (fur) they have?
elizabeth saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:57 am
the correct answer is whatever The Delightful One likes.
I think the beard is a good look for you.
Kizz saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:00 am
I don’t often go this way but I’m going to go with beard on this one. I don’t think I’d be doing that if it were much thicker, though. The picture has it just a little scruffy and fun.
Catch the Kids saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:08 am
To me, without is a classier look. But it’s your face…
Square Peg saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:18 am
Isn’t it ultimately up to The Delightful One? You look great either way.
Rebecca at Toothwhale saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:21 am
I agree with Elizabeth who said the correct answer is whatever The Delightful One likes. It’s her face that will touch yours.
chocolatechic saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:21 am
Deb saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:28 am
Heather saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:31 am
How about you try half way. Let’s see him with a scruffy goatee…
Carrie saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:36 am
I vote without! What do Mom and The Delightful One have to say about it?
M saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:37 am
and longer hair
rockle saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:39 am
You know, I don’t really care either way. You’re lucky in that you can pull them both off. But can we all agree to JUST SAY TO to the Beiber haircut? (Not that you have one, I just want to take a pre-emptive strike against that abomination unto the Lord.)
Phillgal saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:39 am
Definately keep it!!
lora saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:39 am
It’s up to no one but you!
I like beards, to look at. I don’t love them up against my face if they aren’t soft. If you keep it, be sure to toss some hair conditioner on there while you are in the shower.
I think you look great with a beard. You are young enough that no one will think you are trying to hide your age, and old enough that no one will think you are trying to, well, hide your age.
Having seen many pictures of your dad and knowing your mom, I am quite certain that this youthful look isn’t fading anytime soon, so no worries about wasting that babyface.
You can always take your beard off if you hate it.
I say grow it and decide whether to keep it later.
choosy saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:40 am
well according to the pics – the beard gets you a very nice looking guy and without gets you the delightful one – you do the math. 😉
I think you look good both ways but definitely older with the scruff…are you trying to look older?
Darla78 saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:41 am
With beard ,,,
WebSavvyMom saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:45 am
–>You’re cute either way but til you *have* to shave everyday, leave the whiskers.
GreatAunt saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:56 am
I rather like it.
JaneK saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:58 am
i think that everyone agrees that you look very handsome both ways…….and I am with them on that. However, without shows off the enitre handsome features of your face, smile, etc and the beard hides a little of it…….so without is my vote. But if I were 20 years younger and single, I’d flirt with you either way 🙂
Golden saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:59 am
without. He has plenty of time to have a beard. Save it for the older, more distinguished years. Cherish the youthful, dashing, healthy skinned years. Beards make me wonder what you’re hiding under there. He has nothing to hide, handsome guy that is he is!
Yellaphant saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:03 am
There are very few people in the world who love beards as much as I do. But his face is just so garsh darn cute that it’s a shame to hide it. No beard!
Arli saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:06 am
The Delightful One holds all the voting stock.
GrandeMocha saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:07 am
I like beards and I like clean shaven, I don’t like the scruff in between, especially up close & personal. No beard!
Melissa saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:08 am
Beard with the longer hair!
teri saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:15 am
the beard makes him look more grown up, without he looks like a “baby faced boy”. Either way, though, he’s a cutey. Some guys I know grow beards in the winter to keep their face warm.
Ambry saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:20 am
The longer, playful haircut looks great without a beard. But the shorter cut with a little scruff is handsome too! Let the Delightful One pick!
Carrie saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:21 am
I’d go with whatever choice The Delightful One makes!
Bush Babe (of Granite Glen) saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:24 am
Can wear both… gorgeous and a touch sweet without, a little more growed-up with, but has he tried a goatee yet? Enjoy experimenting, Bossy’s Son!
K saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:25 am
I have a slight preference for without. But, I don’t hold the cards here…. the important vote comes from the charming gal whose face rubs against it.
Delightful one, what do you say?
Sara Plays House saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:25 am
While he’s equally precious both ways, I tend to think beards are best served in winter. Since I live in a tropical jungle (The State Of Georgia), the thought of hair on one’s face makes me sweat.
Theresa saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:25 am
Courtney saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:30 am
With beard. Esp. for camping!
Sandy_Shoes saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:30 am
Kay saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:43 am
You look totally handsome both ways. Probably should go with what the “delightful one” likes best!
Maggie saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:44 am
Keep it through the summer.
Dara saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:44 am
I like the beard.
Grammar Snob saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:48 am
With so long as it’s not too itchy, too hot, or too hard to keep trimmed. ZZ Top is not a good look, even for Brad Pitt.
Shannon saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:48 am
I’m kind of a fan of the beard! But keep it nice and short and well-trimmed please! No bushman shaggy things going on, ok?
Lizzy saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:49 am
I’m incapable of making a decision when both options are good. My answer then, is “yes”.
Lizzy saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:51 am
p.s. I agree with #23 about the no Justin Bieber cut. He looks like he got a swirly in his elementary school restroom.
bossy's friend amy saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:57 am
i know you said to put my hand down – but you know i can’t – so, shave the beard – keep the face cute as can be.
sherry saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:58 am
Smooth like a baby, hon.
bdaiss saysJuly 23, 2010 at 10:04 am
Clean for the summer (it’s hot!), beard for the winter (to keep your chin warm). Best of both worlds!
Angi saysJuly 23, 2010 at 10:05 am
Yes beard…it’s good.
Debbie saysJuly 23, 2010 at 10:08 am
What the the delightful one think?
zidia saysJuly 23, 2010 at 10:34 am
I’m the wrong one to ask—-I’ve had mine for 42 years!!!
but————-without,for the time being.
Jenn M saysJuly 23, 2010 at 10:35 am
Without. It looks kind of scraggly. But you should go with whatever the delightful one wants.
Half Assed Kitchen saysJuly 23, 2010 at 10:37 am
He looks nice either way. But the beard is kind of hip. Most importantly, what does The Delightful One think?
jane saysJuly 23, 2010 at 10:37 am
Really such a decision should always be made in consultation with the Delightful One.
Linda Stewart saysJuly 23, 2010 at 10:39 am
With beard provided that it never gets past where it is in the photo above. Anything more and it’s going to look ragged.
Tamara saysJuly 23, 2010 at 10:45 am
I say, heck you’re in college- no better time to rock the scruffy look!! Work it!
joeinvegas saysJuly 23, 2010 at 10:47 am
He’s cute either way. I say let the girlfriend decide (his, not yours)
km saysJuly 23, 2010 at 11:00 am
not the council’s right to say. Bossy’s son has body autonomy.
jeri saysJuly 23, 2010 at 11:07 am
Stacey Ball saysJuly 23, 2010 at 11:48 am
Beard. Super adorable!!
TanyaK saysJuly 23, 2010 at 11:50 am
Yes beard, trimmed nicely, of course!
AnnP saysJuly 23, 2010 at 11:51 am
Jami saysJuly 23, 2010 at 11:56 am
Keep it while camping. Afterwards, it should be up to the person who will be in contact with your face the most. That’s outside contact, btw. Personally, I favor clean-shaven but it’s not my face. It’s yours … and Delightful One’s. And maybe a little bit Bossy’s.
Kirsten saysJuly 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Beard! Unless vetoed by delightful one – her opinion is infinitely more important….
kelly saysJuly 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm
now i am a biased opinion– I. LOVE. BEARDS.
AND while i was reading the last post i was thinking “hey bossy’s son is looking good with that beard!”
so keep it
La Suzette saysJuly 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Bossy’s Son, you are a gorgeous hunk o’ man with/without the beard. I also side with “whatever Miss Delightful” prefers! (and you, too, of course!)
Bellacantare saysJuly 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm
I like the scruf better. Although I would grow it out much more and if you’re starting to go on job interviews, I’d suggest going clean-cut. Also, the girlfriend should have the option to request he shave should it start getting too itchy.
Dharmamama saysJuly 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Prefer the beard. Very nice either way.
pam saysJuly 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm
I am very pro beard, on you.
kathleen saysJuly 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm
I happen to love beards. Everytime my husband says he wants to shave and see his face, I threaten divorce. BUT, Bossy Boy is young-wait a little longer for a keeper beard.Just like a woman changing styles with age, men like the new beard look. Totally handsome either way!
Kristi saysJuly 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm
Is he the same age in the photos? If so, then I say yes to the beard. If not, I will need more photos for my conclusion.
Mel saysJuly 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm
He acquits himself reasonably well with the beard, but I’m still firmly in the without camp.
andrea saysJuly 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm
I’m with commenter #13 (Elizabeth)…whatever your Delightful One likes the best. You look very handsome with and without. (My son is your age). When you have youth and good looks on your side, it really doens’t matter what’s on your face, as long as it’s kept clean 😉
Victoria saysJuly 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm
I’m on the no beard side, but what does the Delightful One say?
Cindy saysJuly 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm
I’m not a facial hair sort of person — and tend to think only people with something to cover up look better with a beard. You, Bossy’s son have nothing needing cover… but I would vote with whatever the Delightful One wants.
Mary saysJuly 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm
Jen saysJuly 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm
Whatever his girlfriend prefers 😀
jp saysJuly 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm
looks older w/ beard, but way more cuter without!
Claire in AZ saysJuly 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm
I vote to nix the beard!
Rox saysJuly 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm
Brava97 saysJuly 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm
The beard makes you look older. Because the Delightful One is younger than you, I don’t think that’s a good thing. I mean, *we* know you’re not a cradle-robbing pervert but the general public? They might not. So shave until the Delightful One is of legal age.
Bryan saysJuly 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm
Bear. Neatly trimmed, of course.
Gillian saysJuly 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm
A thousand times yes.
Stefanie saysJuly 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm
Delightful gets final vote, obviously, but my vote is a loud WITHOUT!!!
helenel saysJuly 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm
I love that instead of “The Delightful One” you say “my delightful one”.
dobes saysJuly 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm
Don’t like beards generally, but love it on you.
Marjorie of Connecticut saysJuly 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm
No. He has plenty of time in his life to look older than he really is (and distinguished). Now is the time to look cute.
The Domestic Goddess saysJuly 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm
While you are adorable without it, you do look older and more mature with the beard.
Joie saysJuly 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm
You look great either way but I say without. You have such great bone structure on your face so don’t hide it.
Meg at the Members Lounge saysJuly 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm
Two letter Friday. w/o.
Smalltown Mom saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm
You’re a cutie either way, but your Delightful One should have the final say…since she’s the one that’s kissing you.
dgm saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm
First of all, if you had put up a picture of yourself with facial hair and The Delightful One asking if you should “keep the beard,” I’d say yes, keep her! 🙂
But seriously folks, I’m partial to scruff, but not a full beard, on a young man of your age. I agree with those who recommend growing the hair out a little, too, if you keep the facial hair.
Deborah saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm
I think the Delightful One should decide…
and BTW does she have college plans?
Doug saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm
I’m an owner of one the same age. He has one too.
Kathy saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm
No beard . . . love the clean shaven look.
ruth saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:52 pm
Beard.. you will have plenty of time when you become corporate america to be hairless.
Rochelle saysJuly 23, 2010 at 8:17 pm
Beard for camping and then do away with the damn thing when you’re done. Beards are gross!
Kathy saysJuly 23, 2010 at 9:58 pm
He looks cool with the beard.
Susan saysJuly 23, 2010 at 11:21 pm
bossy's friend martha's sister saysJuly 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm
beard… so prof like…. but it is hot and I am practical so shave it now and enjoy the heat till the fall and grow it during 1st semester! Study hard! Peace
Maria saysJuly 23, 2010 at 11:34 pm
Lynn saysJuly 23, 2010 at 11:56 pm
At your age it really doesn’t matter because you are young and handsome…..
L saysJuly 24, 2010 at 12:30 am
Shave it off as fast as you can. It hides your handsome face.
Sheryl W saysJuly 24, 2010 at 12:37 am
Eliza saysJuly 24, 2010 at 1:29 am
Dude, shave it.
Amber Lee saysJuly 24, 2010 at 2:19 am
ktgrl saysJuly 24, 2010 at 2:52 am
i don’t really think that can be considered a “full on” beard….. but definitely NO BEARD! the only fuzz i think is cool is a “delightful” lady “bush”…….. purrrrrrrrrrr.
Tuli saysJuly 24, 2010 at 9:04 am
I’m a fan of the beard…as long as it’s kept neat and tidy (like in the photo above). If you decide to keep it, for Gah’s sake, DO NOT let it get long and woolly looking, like some of the youngsters wear them. They look awful and unkempt and make an un-bearded person look away in embarrassment.
Jenn saysJuly 24, 2010 at 10:14 am
With if he grows out the hair a bit. Without if he keeps the hair short. Short hair and a beard makes him look a little amish like.
meredith saysJuly 24, 2010 at 10:48 am
the scruff is adorable. you’re lucky to be from such attractive genes.
Shannon Marie saysJuly 24, 2010 at 11:12 am
Beard! Especially for camping 🙂
Lisa saysJuly 24, 2010 at 11:18 am
no beard! Why cover up that beautiful face?
Diane saysJuly 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm
Yes, yes, yes to the beard. However, I am a beard woman. He looks quite grown up with the beard and boyish (in a good way) without the beard. Adorable either way though! You make very attractive children. 🙂
Kimi saysJuly 24, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Rachel D. saysJuly 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm
Both looks are Good…
But I would stay with the beard, for now….
josh saysJuly 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm
To quote Ke$ha, “I like his beard.”
Mrs. Yollis saysJuly 24, 2010 at 2:47 pm
My first response: You like the beard? Then keep it. It’s your face.
Since you asked: I like without. 🙂
Ami saysJuly 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm
Beard. Hairy faces make men look more manly.
It’s just one of those things that men can do that women can’t — grow facial hair.
Although, truthfully, I think the Delightful One should have the heaviest vote here (outside of you, of course).
Carroll saysJuly 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm
I wasn’t gonna say anything, but since you asked…lose it, Stud. You’re such a total cutie without the fur — just makes you look like you’re trying too hard.
(And this from a woman who *begged* her husband to grow a beard. I usually love ’em!)
That said, i do agree that your Beloved should have the strongest vote. Since there’s voting, and all 🙂
Have a great time camping with the fam. You guys rock, whatever you want to look like.
Steve C saysJuly 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm
Keep the beard, just go for a shorter length. Stubble is in.
krg saysJuly 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm
at this point it appears that the definitive votes are 45 pro and 43 con. please tdo, chime in.
linda dorris saysJuly 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm
Beard. Definitely beard.
Bridget saysJuly 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm
Oh man that’s a tough one – he’s cute both ways! I guess whatever makes him happy!
MidLifeMama saysJuly 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm
No beard. I don’t mind a goatee if it looks good, but full beards are just, hairy.
Baby Favorite saysJuly 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm
I normally despise beards, but you look especially adorable with one! (Said in a completely non-cougar, motherly way, of course.)
Birdbrain saysJuly 24, 2010 at 7:15 pm
Plenty of time to look older and scholarly, go for boyish good looks!
Cage Free Family saysJuly 24, 2010 at 7:18 pm
Definitely keep the beard.
Lori in MN saysJuly 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm
I just want to know if we’ll be hearing from The Delightful One! Meanwhile, I like beards, but you are adorable.
BossysMom saysJuly 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm
My gosh…you people are out there thinking about beards and not competing for the great mattress?
But me, I’m not the one to ask since I lived with 57 for many years. On him gorgeous, but you don’t need a beard yet.
And if you do keep it, grow your hair (the Amish comment).
Or better yet, do exactly what makes you happy.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysJuly 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm
Why not have it both ways and shave it into a goatee? I think it would look marvelous.
Janene Murphy saysJuly 25, 2010 at 12:16 am
I go with clean shaven.
Danita saysJuly 25, 2010 at 9:36 am
Way hotter without. I am not a cougar, I promise.
The Know it All saysJuly 25, 2010 at 9:42 am
No beard, if you’re asking. I’m a fan of beards, but…Your face is your piece of art and the frame is your hair (in your case beard…) Your “art” is quite attractive, so no need for a fancy frame…
APeetsMom saysJuly 26, 2010 at 1:24 pm
While generally I am NOT a fan of beards…I think it looks good on you! So go beard!
Bri saysJuly 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm
Whatever The Delightful One wants.
Reeb saysJuly 26, 2010 at 5:05 pm
I can’t believe you asked the Council about this. But you did score over 140 comments from it! What was the result?
My husband has shaved one day in our 28 years of marriage; that was for a joke/prank on a friend. I told him to grow it back the very next day.
Well Read The Boss of You saysJuly 28, 2010 at 11:42 am
Niki in Baltimore saysJuly 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm
Did i mention, no?
Robin saysJuly 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Shave! You are too handsome for coverage.
K saysJuly 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm
Keep it.. as long as it’s the same as in the picture! It’s just enough scruff to be handsome without being ‘boy have you showered lately?’.