Failing To Notice

George Clooney sports a bushy beard while girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis shows off her many tattoos this evening as the hot couple arrives at the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, New York on January 12, 2010. Fame Pictures, Inc

Husbands often disappoint their wives by failing to notice a new hairdo. But judging from my own experience and that of my neighbors, wives can be just as blind as husbands. I recently grew a full beard that I wore to a fund-raising event, then shaved off before attending a neighborhood potluck. My next-door neighbor noticed as soon as I shaved, but my wife didn’t notice until I pointed it out to her a day and a half later.

She felt guilty about not noticing, especially since this had happened before. I told her that our neighbor mentioned that he had worn a mustache his whole working career, then shaved it as soon as he retired, and his wife didn’t notice. Another neighbor woman also confessed that she had failed to notice when her husband shaved his mustache.

Should you find yourself caught in an embarrassing failure to notice, you might try the line my wife used on me the first time this happened, “I always focus on your eyes.”

Yeah, right. Still—I have to admit her excuse sounded pretty good accompanied as it was by a charming smile.

[PicApp photo of George Clooney sporting a bushy beard taken at the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards gala at in New York City on January 12, 2010. Fame Pictures, Inc. Content © 2010 famepictures All rights reserved.]