Spencer Willows, 32, who claims to have first grown his mustache “months and months ago,” isn’t pleased to be grouped in with the normally facial hair-less crowds who stop shaving for the 30 days of “Movember” to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
“Four weeks of the year, it is nothing but misdirected comments about my supposed ‘temporary’ ‘stache,” Willows said. “‘Everyone is all ‘Oh, doing the mustache thing this month?” and ‘Lookin’ good Movember Matey!’”
The toughest week of the month for the perennial mustache enthusiast is Thanksgiving week.
“My extended family are the WORST,” Willow said. “They don’t see me most of the year, so when I show up back in Ohio in November, my aunts and uncles all think I’m just a Movember mustache dilettante. Last year, I sat down to the dinner table to find my uncle Ralph had decided ‘to join in the fun,’ with me. I was horrified!”
Despite Willow’s continued struggles as a “real mustache man in a sea of pretenders,” he pledges to keep the facial hair faith.
“I thought about shaving this November 1,” Willow said, “but then what would I playfully stroke while considering purchases at the farmer’s market?”