Back in February, I wrote about the fact that my daughter is one of my heroes. There are many reasons that I look up to her, but the specific reason I wrote the post was that she expressed interest in donating her hair to Locks of Love. You can read more about why we are so proud of her in my original post or in my wife’s piece from earlier this week, but most of it boils down to the fact that she is 6 years old and her beautiful blonde hair has always been her most striking and most commented on feature. Giving it away is basically the most unselfish thing that she could possibly do.
Well, over the past 8 months, she has never once second thought her decision. At least once a month, she asks my wife to measure her hair to see if it’s long enough yet. The original plan was to get it long enough that we could cut it off at the shoulders. Since the donated hair has to be at least 10 inches long, this meant that it would have to be a little over half-way down her back. Unfortunately, it looks like her hair growth has dramatically slowed down since she’s been about an inch short of her goal for a couple months now, and since her hair is so thick, it’s becoming incredibly hard to take care of.
A couple days ago, we went through another cycle of measuring it about an inch short. My wife mentioned to her that it might not work out since we’re going to need to get it cut fairly soon. Princess looked and my wife and basically asked, “What if I just cut my hair shorter? Would I be able to donate it then?”
I wasn’t there, but I can imagine the look on my wife’s face when she got that question. She measured it out again and found out that in order to get a full 10 inches, they would have to cut it off about mid-ear level. She even pulled the hair back to give her an idea how short it would be, thinking that Princess would get freaked out about having her hair that short. She simply looked in the mirror, turned to my wife, and said, “Ok, when can we do it?”
Therefore, we now have an appointment this Friday afternoon to get her hair cut. I’m hoping that the stylist can get her hair to look like Repunzel’s at the end of Tangled (except it would be nice if it stayed blonde), but Princess couldn’t care less what her hair will look like afterwards. I’m positive that my wife is more freaked about how short it will be than Princess is. All she cares about is that some other brave little girl that isn’t able to grow her own hair is going to get to use hers.
We are so incredibly proud of her. She inherently understands how lucky she is with her health, and her only desire is to help others that aren’t as fortunate. How incredibly awesome is that? Did I mention that she’s only 6 years old?
Therefore, this Friday is the day. Pictures will be taken, tears will be shed, and awesomeness will take place. I can’t wait.