I don't mean just a little darkening of her upper lip, like many women have. She has a nearly full set of bristles, a moustache that many a teenage boy would be proud to have. There's no missing it; it's really quite manly.
I don't get it. This otherwise very nice and seemingly normal woman goes around with a moustache. It's hard to believe that she doesn't notice it, because it's hard to miss. She's not the only mom I've seen like this, either. Periodically we have mothers who have a lot of facial hair. I remember one who had a very nice goatee. That is, it would have been nice if it were on a man.
I don't mean to sound insensitive here. I'm sure that facial hair is a vexing problem for many women. Also, I'm sure that many of the mothers I deal with don't have a lot of money to spend on expensive facial hair remedies, such as laser treatment or electrolysis or even hair stripping by a beautician. But still - shaving and putting a little makeup on to hide the stubble or using a dipilatory can't be very expensive. Why don't some women do that?
I realize that this is not the most serious issue we deal with in the NICU, but it is one of the most puzzling. There's an old Happy Days episode (I'm really dating myself here) where Fonzie is expounding on desirable attributes in a woman. When he says "no moustache," Richie and the boys all nod and murmur assent. I think that's a pretty universal opinion.