I'm so far behind in blogging it's not even funny. I cut my hair on June 3rd; I've been needing to cut it for a while since the last time I cut it was the summer before Miriam was born and I've been wanting to donate to Locks of Love for a while but didn't want to have to go bald in order to do so. Finally I figured my hair wasn't going to get much longer (I've never been the type to be able to grow my hair down to my waist) so we measured my ponytail and decided it was long enough.
Andrew took me to Craig's Cuts because it's cheap and simple (and I'm cheap and simple) and told the lady that I wanted to donate my hair, but wanted to keep it as long as possible. She ended up overshooting and cut 13 inches off instead of the required 10 inches. He took me to dinner after to help me feel beautiful. I may not have mentioned this before, but my self-esteem seems to be directly linked to the length of my hair.
In a way it's kind of freeing to have short hair, I guess, though I do miss being able to pull my hair into a ponytail.
Rachel's been inspired; she now wants to grow her hair out long so that she, too, can donate her hair to children who don't have hair of their own. It took me forever to explain that concept to her.
"But why don't they have hair?"
"Because they are sick."
"Well, when I get sick I don't lose my hair."
"Good point. These kids are very, very sick. Some of them have cancer and they have to take medicine that makes them lose all their hair. It grows back but they miss it when it's gone. Wouldn't you miss your hair?"
"I guess so...but when I get sick will I lose my hair?"
"No, hopefully not."
My cousin's son has alopecia totalis and was completely bald by age two. But he doesn't wear a wig—he just rocks his beautiful bald head. I've always thought it was a good thing that it was her son who suffers from alopecia instead of any of her girls. I can't imagine what it would be like to be in kindergarten without pigtails. That's a big reason I donated my hair; I can always grow a new ponytail but what about those who can't?
Hair might not seem like a big deal, but I think if you suddenly found yourself bald it would be a scary thing, especially for a child. I was afraid just to cut my hair to my chin!