Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Orthograph #39 - Another Convert Sighting?

10 comments:

The Hermit said...

LOL I love this one.

I converted at 23. No tats, and black is not my color (which I jokingly tell my priest every time he makes noises about reader tonsure).

And, while the beard may have been scruffy then, it is now quite full and venerable, thank you very much.

All kidding aside, these are great Steve. I've really enjoyed (read: been convicted by) them. Thanks.

Emily H. said...

Well, obviously you're describing male converts! Or at least I hope you are!

Stephen said...

Oh, come on, Steve. Quit ragging on the hair. My scruffy beard makes me look like a Russian novice. Isn't that the height of Orthodox cool?

Seriously, though, this is a good one. The question for me was--since I already had long hair and a scruffy beard when I started looking into Orthodoxy, do I cut all that off when I convert, so do I keep it and "look Orthodox"? Still not entirely sure of the answer, though I still do prefer facial hair and a ponytail.

Stephen said...

"so" is supposed to be "or". Sorry.

s-p said...

Emily, LOL! Ummmm... I may have some on the women buried somewhere too. Stay tuned.

Stephen, I actually cut my '60's hippie hair before I became Orthodox... then I went "DANG!" Oh well. I kept the beard but have been playing with it for the past 11 years. Did the "Frank Zappa" chin thing, Charlie Chan, evil Kung Fu adversary, 10 o'clock shadow, and now the Russian monk. My wife prefers the 10 o'clock look. My daughter's boyfriends are intimidated by the Russian thing. I may keep it for another couple years. I just can't stand the process of growing my hair back out again. Vanity, vanity, all is vanity. Oh well... it makes for good orthographs anyway. :)

Dave Matney said...

You're saying I could pass for a 23 year old with these tattoos on my arms and beard. Wait, you said "scruffy," not "Viking-like"... guess I'm stuck lookin' old.

s-p said...

Dave, when I was 23 I looked like I was 14. I couldn't grow anything that resembled a beard until I was 40. Its a good thing I didn't discover Orthodoxy until late in life. :)

bob said...

Steve speaks so lightly of The Beard. He forgets just how much talent goes into growing hair.

Anonymous said...

I've always had a Van Dyke anyway, in the neatly trimmed OCA-clergy-approved style.

I let it all grow out before deer season to keep my face warm, but scruffy salt-and-red-pepper with holes on the cheeks is not an attractive look.

Franklin said...

I have a scruffy beard and still dress all in black when I go to the monastery, and I'm 45. I guess I'm young at heart.