My son — who, around these parts, goes by Masta Ace — is now nearly 8 months old. Unlike his older sister RK, he was born with hardly any hair on his head.
Babies grow quickly. And just as quickly, what changes with them is the list of bald celebrities with whom they appear to be separated at birth.
Shortly after he was born, my son bore, I thought, an uncanny resemblance to Don Rickles.
At a month or two, Masta Ace went through a slightly more awkward phase and I couldn't help being reminded of that disturbing Dana Carvey character that looks like a cross between a turtle and architect Philip Johnson.
Masta Ace has quite an ample head on his shoulders, and soon grew to resembled other seemingly large-brained celebrities.
Top Chef's Tom Colicchio, for a while:
And as he grew a touch more peach fuzz, and grimaced even more than Tom Colicchio, the NBA's Shane Battier:
And as he grew even more peach fuzz, began grimacing even more than Tom Colicchio and Shane Battier combined, and going through a ginger phase, HGTV's Mike Holmes:
And then a funny thing happened. I came home from work one day to find that Masta Ace simply looked like himself. Gone were the celebrity doppelgängers. And I thought, This is good. This is how it should be. Let other younger balder babies look like the rich and famous. My son doesn't need that. He is his own man.
So you can tell me how cute he is, ask to pinch his cheeks, give him a little squeeze, etc. But — unless it's George Clooney (because, really, everyone should be fortunate enough to get compared to that guy) — don't tell me the boy looks like anyone but himself. Or his mom. Or me.
Or I will smack you — you hockey puck!