Tuesday, October 03, 2006


You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

I'm getting my hair cut today. And not just any cut... I'm donating to Locks of Love, so it's all going, or at least that's what it feels like!

Many moons ago, Mary wrote about her son donating his hair and I'd never heard of it before. But I immediately decided that it was a good cause and started to let my hair grow out (it was about shoulder length). My hair grows s-l-o-w, so it's taken a while, but I decided that I have 10" I can give now without having to shave my head.

The coolest thing is that my DD is going to give, too. She has really, really long hair that is her pride and joy, but told me that she feels bad for the children out there who don't have any hair and that hers will grow back. Not bad for a seven year-old and I'm proud of her (and I owe Rascal Flatts for making their song and video "Skin" and helping her to understand)

I've found, though, in talking to people about this organization that it's easier for folks to throw money at something than to give up something like their hair. My SIL was going to do this, but decided two things: It was a pain to let her hair grow out, and she just didn't want to have her hair that short. So she got it trimmed and moved on.

I'm not saying that Locks of Love can't use money (though she didn't send them any, either), I'm just saying that it's interesting what people cling to. It's given me some insight into general character and I'm considering using it in a book (of course).

It is hard. I'm sick thinking about losing so much hair, but I have A LOT (my hair is ridiculously thick) and I can't give much money, so I try to give what I can. I might just let it grow out for another year or so and do it again. We'll see.

In the meantime, my hair appointment is for four o'clock today. GULP. If I remember to grab my camera, I'll post pictures tomorrow.


Ceri said...

Good for you and your daughter! It is hard to give it up. If I'd known about it the times I'd lopped off mine before I would've been more than happy to donate it. I'm growing it out right now, but its not long enough to avoid getting a boy-short style if I did cut it.

Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

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darcy said...

How cool!

My daughter donated to Locks when she was about ten. The ladies at the salon made a big whoop-de-do production over it and made her feel so proud. I hope you guys get the royal treatment too.

Judy said...

Good for you and for S. Locks of Love is a great organization and several of the teenagers in my mother's church donate theirs on a fairly regular basis. I think one of them has given three times.

I'm proud of you... it will be a definite change. Hugs to you both!

Charity said...

I keep coming back to see if you've posted pictures. I'm growing my hair (are you shocked?) and at some point, I want to have enough to donate. It isn't long enough right now, but it does grow fast.