Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Shairing

When I was in high school one of my close friends had Alopecia, a disorder that causes the hair follicles to just shut down. It wasn't something she talked about, even to me. And I only remember one time where her mother took me aside and referred to it rather obliquely. Consequently I didn't have a clue about why my friend's hair was seeming to thin more and more.

Some kids made fun of her hair - not to her face, that I know of. But this specter of being somewhat outcast hung around her. I wish there was more that I could have done. I wish I had known what it was about. Instead I did all I knew to do - I kept being her friend.

Those thoughts filled my mind last night as I sat in a salon watching Little Miss History get her long hair cut off. She donated it to Locks of Love so that some young girl, like my friend, wouldn't have to face the jeers and rejection brought on by a disorder for which there is no cure. I am proud of LMH. After a moment of shock at seeing how short it left her hair, she vowed to go back to growing it to donate a second time.

Here's a visual of what LMH did:

Before: A fish tail braid for our Memorial Day BBQ.

After: a new 'do!

I am so thankful for Locks of Love and the great work they do. Oh, and that friend of mine? She's a beautiful, confident mom of two...who happens to wear a wig.

6 musings:

Valerie said...

I love both the braid and the new look :-)

My own oldest daughter is working on growing hers out for Locks of Love and has about 3 more inches to go. The youngest could if we could only convince her to stop cutting her own hair!

Sonya said...

This is such a great ministry, Locks of Love. I have a neice who donated her hair at age 17 only to find that she had cancer and needed Chemo at age 18. Ironic but thank God she is cancer free today. She did end up wearing a wig for the treatments. :) I'll be praying for you today, looking forward to being at She Speaks with you!

A Musing Mom said...

Valerie - good for your daughter (the older one)! As for your youngest - there's one like that in every family, isn't there? Maybe she's a future hairdresser.

Sonya - Glad to hear your niece is cancer free (that is ironic). Thanks for praying. Is it too early to start counting the days 'til She Speaks?

L.L. Barkat said...

That is really beautiful. Wonderful to think that someone could dedicate herself to a ministry of hair. But isn't that just what she's doing?

Lysa TerKeurst said...

My daughter did the same thing. She was so eager to do it. I was the one hesitant and unsure.

But her new do looked adorable and knowing she did it to help another warmed my heart.

Can't wait to see you at She Speaks in just 3 weeks!!!

A Musing Mom said...

LL - a ministry of hair? Yes, I guess you could say it is!

Lysa - How neat for your daughter too. Isn't it so precious to see them learn to think of helping others?

I'm so glad you stopped by. Welcome! I'm looking forward to She Speaks.