A Locks of Love Holiday

Tue, December 22, 2009

Changing the World

PunditGirl hasn’t had a real haircut since she was in first grade.  Yes, we’ve forced her to get it trimmed, so it would “grow” — ;).  But she has been adamant since she was old enough to wash and brush her hair herself that she wanted it long.

REALLY long!

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Not quite long enough to sit on it, but close!

Ever since it was clear that “the hair” was going to be a real project, we’ve talked with PunditGirl about Locks of Love and that we hoped she would consider, when she was ready for a short do, that she’d think about cutting enough to make a gift to Locks of Love. It’s hard to explain to a kid who doesn’t know any other children who are sick with cancer and have no hair that such a thing is possible.  I know she heard our words, but wasn’t sure how much really sunk in.

But this week, PunditGirl decided it was time!  So, we marched ourselves down to the local barber shop where a long, luxurious ponytail was cut — we’re talking 12 inches!

I just did what?

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It’s a new chic, shoulder-length do!

After the exciting, yet slightly, traumatic event, we headed out for some errands and to catch the afternoon show of The Princess and the Frog (which I really liked, notwithstanding my concerns about what it was going to be when Disney started touting it over the summer).  During the previews, the theater showed a trailer for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, featuring many children who were bald as a result of their diseases and treatments.  I leaned over and whispered to PunditGirl, “One of those children might be getting your hair.  These are the kinds of children we’ve been talking about, who get sick and lose all of their hair.”

She studied their faces and turned to me, quite solemnly, and just shook her head quietly.  I could see in her face that this was the moment she truly got it.  She grasped the idea that she was really, really helping and doing something that someone else needed.

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It was a particularly gratifying parenting moment!

Although she looks SO much more grown up with the shorter hair, and I’m SO not ready for that!  ;)

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9 Responses to “A Locks of Love Holiday”

  1. OmegaMom Says:

    That is a wonderful thing to do, PunditGirl! My dotter is the same way: her ambition right now is to have hair that she can sit on. This gives me hope that she might do the same thing (I have mentioned it to her).

  2. BAC Says:

    What a wonderful thing to do! PunditGirl ROCKS! And while we are supposed to comment on how smart, wonderful, articulate, etc. young girls are — which clearly she is — she is also adorable!

    Have a Happy Holiday!

  3. FireMom Says:

    Lovely. Parenting win, indeed!

  4. magpie Says:

    Really sweet thing for her to do.

  5. Tracee Sioux Says:

    Chocked back tears. Stunning and beautiful – story and girl.

  6. Karianna Says:

    She is so beautiful — inside and out.

  7. Stimey Says:

    She looks beautiful! Good for her!


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