Thursday, April 2, 2009

Locks of Love

Yesterday was a big day for Monkey.
Last year, Monkey decided she wanted to give her hair to Locks of Love.  Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hair pieces to children suffering from long term medical hair loss.   Her hair was already long, but she wanted to make sure that when she cut her hair, it wouldn't be "super-short,"  so we've been letting it grow on it's own for about 6 months or so.
We decided that spring would be the perfect time to cut her hair because then it would be short for summer.  She's been very excited about the whole process and telling people she was going to give her hair away to Locks of Love.  We've even wondered about the child that might get her hair.
She has been asking me for weeks starting at the end of February, "When are we going to get my hair cut?"  Soon, just a few weeks away.  Then this week she was ready.  And on April Fool's day, too!  So we went to my hairdresser yesterday afternoon after school.  Luckily, I still had a few minutes from picking her up because I had forgotten my camera.  This was something I had to document for myself and family, so I rushed home, grabbed it,  then went to the salon.
First, her hair had to be measured.  A minimum of 10" is required to donate and she had just enough.
Then her hair is braided and secured on both ends.
The cutting began.  Yes, this tore at my heart just a little because Monkey had beautiful, long, free-spirit hair and I loved it.  But I'm very proud of her for doing this.
Her pretty braid, ready to be sent to Locks of Love.
And her final "new 'do!"  No more free-spirit hair, just spunky six-year-old hair, and it totally suits her.
Oh, and while I was cleaning the junk out of my car yesterday afternoon (again!), Monkey was practicing on her bike and she started, rode and stopped all on her own, three times, I think.
Yes, yesterday was a big day for us.


Blogger Dad said...

Aw, that's sweet. Congratulations on raising such a sweet daughter.

Back in the 90's I had long hair and did the same thing, though I was much more reluctant to give up my hair then she seems.

TN Mama said...

So proud of her! Her new cut is precious on her, too.

Tara@Sticky Fingers said...

Utterly utterly gorgeous.
No more needs to be said. x

Hayden Tompkins said...

I know this is random, but every time I see the Locks of Love braids I think of that scene from "Willow".

P.S. She is SO CUTE.

Kool Aid said...

@bloggerdad she was quite ready to give it up! I tried two years ago, but my hair wasn't long enough. I still cut it, though.

Kool Aid said...

TN Mama - thanks! ;)

Kool Aid said...

Tara - thanks. I think so, too.

Kool Aid said...

@Hayden I know what you mean! I remember that! Thanks ;)

Tammy-Cricket said...

Oh this is so sweet and you will forever have the pictures to remember this by. Just beautiful.