Could this affect my career? What if it never grows back? … I quickly assessed the situation to be beyond repair and so, using my tears as clipper lubricant, got rid of the beard completely. I was sans chin squirrel for the first time in a decade. I looked at the stranger in the mirror and wondered how my family would respond. Would my wife find me attractive any more? Was the “any more” in that question necessary? Would my kids find it weird? This would be the first time in their lives they would be seeing me clean-shaven.