The Crowning Glory
A woman's hair is often referred to as her crowning glory. If this is true then Hannah had a beautiful crown. She has always seen herself as a sort of princess and had us all convinced that she was, in fact, royalty. As such, her long silky chestnut brown locks were enviable and a fitting finish to her sweet personality and beautiful face. While Hannah is not overly vain or consumed with her looks, (unlike a certain 7 year old that I know...Gianna) I was a little bit surprised when she asked to have her hair cut. I was unsure if she would really like her hair if it was short. She has always had long hair and it was just so darn pretty. But she insisted that she would love it. It was summer and her hair was so hot. It would be so easy to do if it was shorter. It would be better for swimming. She went on and on and I was giving it some consideration. But then she said something that swayed me completely. She looked at me and said, "Mom, I want to donate my hair. I want to give it to a little girl that doesn't have any hair." My voice caught in my throat as I tried to answer her. As the mother of a survivor of childhood leukemia, I spent alot of time with little bald beauties. While Dj was not bothered by his Michael Jordan bald-do, I saw many little ones at the oncologists that struggled with the loss of their hair. The fact that my little Hannah came to me and offered up her own beautiful hair to make a wig for a sick child, made this Mommy very proud.
I called a hair salon and made an appointment with my cousin Dylan for Hannah and I to get our hair cut. When we got there, they measured Hannah's hair to give her an idea of how short it would be after they cut the 10 inches off. She was a little bit surprised at how short her hair would be if she went through with the donation. I could tell that she was anxious, so I volunteered to go first to give her a little bit more time to think about it. As Dylan was finishing up my hair, Hannah came over and said that she had given it some more thought and she was definitely going to donate her hair. Dylan walked her to the back of the salon and washed her hair.
She was grinning from ear to ear. She loved getting her hair washed.
Here she was getting ready for the big cut!
Dylan kept telling her that it was the last chance to change her mind, but she stood firm. "I want to donate." she kept saying.
Here is one last look at her long hair.
Ready, set, CUT! There goes her 10 inch long ponytail!
The first thing that she said was, "Wow...that is a lot of hair gone..." She looked a little bit nervous, so Dylan turned her around and told her not to peek until he was all done. Good move Dylan!
Ta Da!!! The finished product!
She looked adorable! Dylan did a great job on her hair and she loves it! We left the salon and went to the store and bought some cute headbands and clips for her to use. She looked at me and said, "Mom! I just realized something! I will be able to do my own hair for school and church!" That is an added bonus that both of us like! She has been trying out her new hair accessories and loving it. But the best part of all of this for me was that evening when we sat down to do our family prayers. When it was Hannah's turn to say an intention that she would like to pray for, without missing a beat, she said, "I would like to pray for whatever sick little boy or girl gets my hair. I pray that God will heal them and make them better and that my hair will make them feel a little bit better and happier." She is such a sweet kid. Hannah's hair was beautiful but her true crowning glory is her heart of gold. She really is a princess!