Today I had two ponytails, each 12 inches long, cut off to donate to Beautiful Lengths, an organization that uses ponytails at least eight inches in length to make wigs that are distributed free of cost to women battling cancer.
I had heard a lot about Locks of Love in the past, but opted to give to Beautiful Lengths because its minimum length is shorter. I didn’t think I had the 10 inches. Guess I was wrong!!
And, incase you are wondering, I did two ponytails because I have a LOT of hair and two of my ponytails probably equals one average one. And, I was so nervous about that length and I thought I could keep a little more this way.
I’ll admit that this morning I was a bit nervous about it. My long hair was just so much a part of me, but I knew that I needed a substantial trim and giving it to someone who would really enjoy it made more sense to me. So I decided to take the plunge and really get it cut.
I am so thankful that my husband was, and still is, supportive of the idea.
I am so glad I did it.
As I was packaging the ponytails in their plastic bags I was pretty moved, thinking about what I was doing.
I prayed for whomever it is that receives my hair. I prayed for her family and her doctors. And I came close to tears.
I have been so healthy. And my family is largely pretty healthy.
I can grow more hair if I want to. But for a woman to face what my hair-sister will face, our wig just might make it all a bit more bearable.
This afternoon I have been touching it a lot… it feels strange that it ends where it does! And when the wind was whipping it around I tried to pull it back, but then realized that it wasn’t really necessary because it isn’t long enough to get all tangle-y and in the way.
My loss in length is someone else’s gain. And to be able to contribute and help someone’s struggle, I am grateful for the opportunity.