It’s not news to anyone who knows me that I get a lot of review products. Whether they’re iPhone cases, laptops, computer bags, DVDs or even foods, being a blogger has definitely paid off in terms of things we get to try out and play with. One of the most surprising categories of products I get are men’s grooming gadgets. In fact, I think I have about seven different electric razors from Panasonic, Norelco and Wahl. Today Panasonic sent me one of their newest razors — the Arc 3 — to add to the collection, I mean to try out and see if I like it.
Upon opening the box, my just-about-13yo son G- was very interested in the unit, reading all the packaging, turning the product over in his hands a few times and stroking his chin. I noticed.
“Is it time for him to start thinking about shaving?” I wondered.
Then I had a close look at his chin and face and, well, there’s not really even any peach fuzz yet, as far as I can tell. Maybe it’s not time yet.
But then again, with such a wealth of razors, there’s certainly no harm in him having a small electric razor of his own so he can get the hang of shaving and do something that no 13yo boy would ever admit, practice being a man, just like dad. Shhh….
So I dug out my trusty old battery-powered Panasonic ES4815 portable razor, came downstairs, and tossed it to him.
“Here, this is yours now. Don’t cut yourself!”
He gave me a tiny smile, turned it on and started shaving his chin and cheeks, just as he’s seen me do so many times.
While sitting on the couch.
Yeah, we’re going to have to work on where you should shave (over a sink, of course!) but when he was preparing for bed I heard the buzz of the toothbrush then the higher pitched buzz of the razor. Nice. Another little stepping stone on his journey through the perilous paths of adolescence and into manhood.
If he doesn’t lose it, that is.
just like his little sister! the backseat toenail clipper 🙂
I remember pretending to shave … as a kid I just couldn’t wait. I also remember my first day in my college dorm. I slipped into the bathroom I was to share with three other people and found myself alone. I whipped out my razor and shaving cream and had the best shave of my life. It felt like I instantly was a grown up, and everything was about to change for me.