A Hairy Story

I was sitting at a little cafe in midtown when a well-dressed woman, two stools down, looked up from her phone and said, “What does hirsute mean?”

“Hairy,” I said, without thought or pause, a word that always makes me think of Mr. Detuzzi, the father of Debbie and Janet, two childhood friends.

I couldn’t have been more than 8 when I came home and said to my mother, “Ma, Janet and Debbie’s dad…he’s so hairy…he looks like a bear.”

“He’s hirsute,” she said, which is why I never forgot it’s meaning.

Mr. Detuzzi would mow the lawn without his shirt, his back looking like a throw rug, strips of sweaty hair waving from beneath his arms.  He was a handsome man too, but did he need Nair, or a wax, in a big way.

“Some women like that,” said my mother. “It doesn’t particularly appeal to me, but…to each his own.”

Well, it must have clearly appealed to Mrs. Detuzzi, because if it were me, I’d be chasing him around the yard with a razor. “Come-ere honey, you need a trim, even more than the lawn.

Funny what triggers a memory.     



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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8 Responses to A Hairy Story

  1. Gail Kaufman says:

    The funniest part of this story is that someone would ask a complete stranger for a word definition. I would have suggested to her that she download dictionary.com 🙂

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  2. I was amused at your title, expecting something scary. Your story was good, if tamer than I thought. I would have known the word hirsute, but I don’t remember when I learned it.

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  3. micklively says:

    But hirsute, for Mr Detuzzi and millions of others, is natural. So why change it?
    Also, hairy may not appeal to you aesthetically, but just imagine how stubbly would feel. Be careful what you wish for.

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I don’t care for a wooly bear, but they don’t have to be clean shaven either. I once knew aa guy nicknamed bear, for good reason. He had long auburn hair. Many years later when I saw the first Star Wars, Chewbacca reminded me of him. They could have been twins.
    I agree with Gail, it’s funny that you were asked the meaning of a word by a stranger.

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