Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Share the Love

Today I did something that I've been waiting 2.5 years to do. I cut my hair off and donated it to Locks of Love. I'm a slow grower (or so I'm told) so you can image that I never thought this day would finally come. I had to grow enough to donate 10 inches and still have some hair left for me.

When I started this adventure, I wanted to do something that didn't require a lot of effort on my part, that would be a small sacrifice, and could help someone else. What I didn't realize is that for the past two years, every time I looked in the mirror, I was reminded that I have something that others don't. I know that we all appreciate many things in life: a job, family, food, health, eyesight, ability to walk, facebook, etc. But in a society where looks are so over valued, it was strange to think of the need for hair.

Now my husband can fully attest to this need. Even today he is wondering why I didn't donate my locks to him for a toupee. But even he realizes that there is a double standard. He can shave his thinning/balding head and look stylish. Women and especially girls cannot. And when they have lost their hair and are going through their teen years I can only imagine that this can be devastating.

I was ready today. That hair had seen me through the death of a friend, the start of our church, the birth of my daughter. And even though there were several instances where I wanted to pull it out due to a situation or people driving me crazy - I refrained. I tried to take care of it so that someone else could enjoy it.

And that is the lesson that I think I learned. Take care of things so that someone else will be able to enjoy it after. These things can be hair, furniture, clothes, the church, your children and especially yourself. Taking care can lead to all sorts of fun and happiness in the future.

So did my small bit of good today. I cut my hair. It only took 30 seconds to snip it off. 2 years, 6 months, 5 days, 10 hours, 33 minutes, and 30 seconds and hopefully in a few weeks it'll make someone's day. It sure made mine.

Until Everyone Hears,


danajk said...

What a great post!! I must admit my Locks of Love post was not quite as eloquent. . . I was inspired to grow mine out after Lucas's Lymphoma diagnosis. Once the chemo started kicking in and all his thick hair was gone, he was so bummed. This made me think that if a grown up man (who could wear a baseball hat even to work) could take the loss of his hair so hard, it must be devestating to a young girl. Way to go, Shannon!

Turff said...

Very, very cool. While hair loss isn't part of Dad's battle (radiation won't work on the cancer he has), I have a particularly soft spot for folks dealing with the disease. I think what you've done with this is awesome and a testament to your commitment to what you believe in. Somewhere some little girl or grown woman will feel a little bit better about things as a result of your commitment. Shine on.

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