Friday, November 19, 2010

My New Do

Thanks to my darling youngest daughter, this is my second draft of this post. She walked by my computer and did something to it that shut it down, and, unfortunately, my draft didn’t save. Grumble. The first draft was much better, I promise.

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For the second time in 2 1/2 years, I cut off ten inches of hair for a donation to Locks of Love. But this time, donating was much more personal.

The woman who has cut my hair for years has an eight-year-old niece. When the little girl was 3, she was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery and chemo. She beat the cancer and had a relatively normal childhood. Until now. Her cancer is back. She underwent surgery a few weeks ago and started the first of her nine chemo treatments this week. Just this week, her parents sent off a bit of her hair to Locks of Love so they can match her new wig to it. My hairdresser started crying while telling me all of this, and I cried, too.

The last time I donated, it was to some child somewhere with cancer. This time, even though my hair won’t go to this little girl, I see her sweet face when I think about the donation. I hope that my lopping off my hair helps make some other child’s life a little bit better.

marathon3Before – notice the medal (ahem)

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And after. I took about three dozen pictures trying to get any I’d be willing to post.

I’d love to have a short little pixie cut, but I know better. Each time I talk about getting one, B pulls out pictures of some of my unfortunate high school hair cuts, and that sets me straight.

To top off my morning of altruism, I went straight from the hair dresser’s to the blood bank and made a donation. I figure that between the two, I can be a selfish witch for at least two weeks.

13 comments:

Wendi said...

Fabulous! It shows off your great cheekbones.

Ann in NJ said...

That looks great on you - wish I could do that to my hair. I have lots of very thick curly hair, and before you say, "that would be cute when short", I have one word. Poodle.

joanna said...

That's awesome and I love the new do! You're on Santa's good list for sure.

Baino said...

Very schmick. I'm desperate for a new do but it's so damned expensive here.

The Empress said...

sexy.

very fun and sexy.

Jungle Pete said...

you are fantastic. I didn't run an armadillo over so I figure that was my nice act for the week. Hardly compares. :)

mawardi said...

Are you marathon atlet?

Sandra said...

You make me want to donate...something...
Love your new do! I actually like it better short.
You're such a do-gooder though, I'm suddenly overwhelmed with feelings of inadequacy!

Marinka said...

Oh, you know that I noticed the medal.

Your hair looks great! Good for you for doing it!

O'Pine said...

You are just awesomeness personified! And the new 'do is quite fetching.

Becky said...

I LOVE your new hair! And you.

Wow, what a good feeling to donate so much of yourself.
If you don't mind, I'll take your ambition to run a marathon. M'kay?

Bejewell said...

Oh! It looks fabulous! LOVE it.

yogurt said...

LOVE your new do .. it really is much more modern and becoming. You rock with your dual donations. I have been neglecting my blood donation duties. gosh, I don't want to think about how long it's been. Is there such a thing as donating to red cross rather than a for-profit bank?