The Haircut

Yesterday, on the spur of the moment, we stopped and got a haircut for KT.   Today, I’ve decided that I hate it.

Technically, it wasn’t really spur of the moment.  This haircut was about three years in the planning.  Back in sixth grade, KT was selected as one of the two recipients of the CP Johnson Humanitarian Award by her classmates.  When all of her achievements were read to the entire school and their parents, one of the things listed was that KT had donated her hair to Locks of Love.  A very admirable thing to do..only, she hadn’t.  This bothered our girl so much that she decided that she would donate her hair. 

KT had decided that it was finally time to cut her hair.  So, on the way back from our Mother’s Day dinner, we saw one of the zillion strip mall haircut places and decided to get it done.  Shaun and KT went in first.  Mimi and I followed along with Grandma and Grandpa.  The receptionist looked up in a panic and informed us that they were just closing.  She relaxed when we explained to her that we didn’t need haircuts…we were just the audience.  

While the  stylist cut eleven inches of KT’s beautiful thick hair hair off she told KT that her mother had died of cancer a few years back.  She told her that all of her hair had fallen out  because of the chemo.  She went on to talk about how awful and itchy the only wigs she could afford were.  She emotionally thanked KT and told her over and over what a good thing she was doing. 

This morning KT had her hair all packaged and ready to be sent off to Locks of Love. 

The cut is actually quite cute…but I still hate it.  KT no longer looks like a little girl.  She looks like what she has actually been for a while now…a poised and confident young woman.  Someone who sees a need and works to fulfill it.  Someone who cares about others and actually decides to do something about it.  Someone that I am very proud of…

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32 Responses to The Haircut

  1. mjd says:

    Oh, I am the first to comment. KT does have very lovely hair…what a loving cause. I am touched by your post about your loving daughter “Someone who sees a need and works to fulfill it. Someone who cares about others and actually decides to do something about it. Someone that I am very proud of…” from a loving mother.

  2. Cazzie says:

    And for that, Susan, your daughter is growing into the woman you are helping to mould. Kudos to you for being a great mum 🙂
    My friend Rebecca has a wig, she won;t wear it becauseit is itchy, so she wears a bandana. We hope her hair will return after she has finished the 2 years of treatment for the leaukaemia.

  3. Barb says:

    Wheres my tissue??? If I could I would give your KT and you HUGS!!! Beautiful post, made me tear up.

  4. photowannabe says:

    Hugs to KT from me too. That is such a noble and sweet thing to do. You have got to be so proud of her.

  5. mrs darling says:

    What a brave girl You are lucky to have such a daughter! Bless her heart!

  6. haircut1 says:

    ANOTHER victim of the locks of love LIE! You did a wonderful thing for the WRONG group. Since they started, lol has averaged making less than 10 real hair wigs per year for any child with cancer. They now get so much hair in that your hair has a 95% chance of just being sold for cash by them. NEXT time look at http://www.pantene.com/en_US/beautifullengths/participate.jsp
    Pantene beautiful length lenghts does help MANY people with cancer. Sorry you were scamed by the lie that has fooled people for years.

  7. snpnmnmi says:

    What a girl you have there! Lie or not, it is what’s in the giver’s heart that is so absolutely wonderful here. My daughter is very much the same way… if someone had made a mistake like that about her, should would want to make good on it instead of just letting it go. I sit in awe of your daughter (mine as well, but that’s another post on my blog! hehe).
    And here’s a warning for you… I’m doing some catching up, so I’m going to sprinkle comments all over your place! 🙂

  8. Kristi says:

    How wonderful!! I’m a little disturbed by haircut1’s comments. I hope it not true. Either way, KT did a wonderful thing and is WELL on her way to being a caring woman.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Kids will surprise you everyday!!

  9. J-Funk says:

    Wow I hope haircut1’s comments aren’t true, that would be terrible.

    I’ve never heard of someone getting credit for something, and THEN doing it… what an interesting twist! I also chopped off all my hair around junior high age after having long hair all the years before. Then I had short hair through college, and finally grew it out again recently. Isn’t it fun being a girl and having so much versatility?

  10. Susan says:

    mjd~ she amazes me everyday…

    Cazzie~I keep hearing how itchy those wigs are. Is there a possibility that her hair won’t return? I really don’t know much about the treatments….

    Barb~ we hug you right back (although I can just hear KT asking me *why* did you just make me hug that lady???)

    Wannabe~ I am…I really am

    Mrs. D~She was brave…she said that her heart was pounding like crazy. She was really glad the gal was quick about it.

    haircut1~I find it interesting that you make searches for people that have just donated to locks of love and try to make them feel badly. However, there does seem to be a bit of unease in how LoL goes about their business. As the hair is still in my car KT may end up chosing to send it to the organization you mentioned or to Wigsforkids.org. We really didn’t have much time for reseach before school. So…thanks…I guess…

    snpnmnmi~we do have awesome kids, huh?

    Kristi~I’ve gotten so behind on all my blog-hopping, I didn’t forget about you!

    J-funk~ well, it’s just so much more intersting that way!

  11. Jay says:

    That is a wonderful thing that KT is doing.

    I’ve never heard of LoL being a scam like haircut is saying. But, I’m not an expert either. I wonder what haircut’s agenda is here?

  12. Tink says:

    How short is her hair now? I miss having short hair! I’ve been growing it out for over a year now for donation. It started off as two inches all the way around my head. Change is tough. But it IS just hair. It will grow back. 🙂

    Tell your girl I’m proud of her!!

  13. What beautiful hair!! And what a meaningful and significant sacrifice KT made in the name of love.

  14. Peggy says:

    Perhaps you dislike that KT is growing up more than you dislike her haircut. That would be understandable. She’s a great kid and has done something lovely with her pretty hair. It’ll grow again if you’re both really unhappy about the length.

  15. tommiea says:

    that brought tears to my eyes….

    How awesome is she.

    I wonder how mnay times haircut1 does this a day?

  16. Betty says:

    I have never heard of LOL being a scam organization, but in any case, you are not required to follow your donation to its destination. Your daughter had done a very generous thing and should not be made to feel bad about her decision. She is to be commended.

  17. gawilli says:

    I am proud of her, too…and she is not even my daughter! It is hard to look at our children and realize that what they have become, or are becoming, is everything we hoped they would be – when what we really want to do is keep them young and dependent for just a little bit longer!

  18. Michelle says:

    Way to go, KT! Brent donated his long hair a few years back. He was so pleased with himself.

    And you don’t really hate the haircut, do you? Just the fact that she’s growing up, right? RIGHT?

  19. Newt says:

    Before and after pictures???? It’s funny how long or short hair can change the way a person looks age wise. Little girls with long hair, that first cut almost takes your breath away at how much older and more mature they look. But then as you age and then go from long to short it often seems to give a woman a more yourthful and playful look. Go figure…………

  20. Cheryl says:

    I’m so impressed by KT. She’s beautiful inside and out. You should be proud.

  21. Diesel says:

    That’s so sweet. I would look into the organization though. Don’t want to waste something that she’s spent so much time making. 🙂

  22. Stephanie says:

    What a lovely thing she did! I remember when my mom finally let me cut off my long hair when I was in 7th grade. It was so liberating. I finaly felt like I was shedding my “baby look” I hope she feels really proud of herself and finds a great organization to send it to…whichever it may be.

  23. Arlene says:

    Sounds like you’ve raised an amazing teenager though!! Watching them grow up is so hard 🙁

  24. ashley says:

    Very cool. I’ve been doing locks of love since I was about Katies age, it’s a great program. Plus it takes the pressure off of thinking up good hairstyles…I grow it out, I cut it off, I grow it out, I cut it off…

    You have very cool kids. And if you want her to look like your little girl again just convince her she should give to locks of love again!

  25. Dan says:

    That’s very sweet to send it to Locks of Love. Good for you!

  26. mjd says:

    According to the Charity Navigator at http://www.charitynavigator.org, Locks of Love received a four star rank, which is exceptional.

  27. Dorky Dad says:

    Now that’s just very, very sweet. And Locks of Love is a great charity.

  28. Aunt Mary From Australia says:

    You are a beautiful girl KT and I can`t wait to see a photo of the beautiful young woman with short hair.Love and Kisses to you Mimi ,Mom and Dad

  29. Coffespaz says:

    :sniff: Please pass the Kleenex…that is just so sweet!! What a wonderful Mom you are.

  30. Eilee says:

    Wnat a beautiful story, and a tribute to what a special mother you are. I work with teens and so does my hubby and this is one very special young lady! Hugs to you both.

  31. Triston says:

    What haircut said is true, almost all the hair is sold and during the last 10 year, only about a 1000 children in total ave been given wigs…

    for many years, they had a bed rating by the BBB because they didn’t share their financials

    One their website they say most of the “hair” is used for kids with various hair loss problems, but just a small percentage to those with cancer, while the public perception, is that little girls pony tails will be made into wigs for kids with cancer- which is just not true

    check it out, the group is not honest and seems to revel in the publicity generated on falsehoods