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After twenty years of
shaving himself every morning, a man in a small Southern town decided he
had enough. He told his wife that he intended to let the local barber
shave him each day. He put on his hat and coat and went to the barber
shop, which was owned by the pastor of the town's Baptist Church. The
barber's wife, Grace, was working that day, so she performed the task.
Grace shaved him and
sprayed him with lilac water, and said,
The man thought the
price was a bit high, but he paid the bill and went to work. The next
morning the man looked in the mirror, and his face was as smooth as it
had been when he left the barber shop the day before. Not bad, he
thought. At least I don't need to get a shave every day.
The next morning, the
man's face was still smooth. Two weeks later, the man was still unable
to find any trace of whiskers on his face. It was more than he could
take, so he returned to the barber shop.
"I thought $20 was
high for a shave", he told the barber's wife, "but you must
have done a great job. It's been two weeks and my whiskers still haven't
started growing back."
The expression on her
face didn't even change, expecting his comment. She responded, "You
were shaved by Grace. Once shaved, always shaved."