Four pony tails got chopped last week.
From the same head.
My daughter's hair is thick and varied in color and gorgeous.
I braid her hair in my free time. I love doing it, and she's patient with all the tugging. She teaches high schoolers, so she's used to putting up with all kinds of nonsense.
She's going to China for a month on Saturday (more about that in a minute), and she wanted to chop off her hair before she goes, because she was told it's hot and humid over there, and who wants to be messing with a hot mess of heavy hair? I told her she could pack me in her suitcase and I could braid her hair every day to keep it off her neck, but like I said...she hears all kinds of nonsense.
Anyhoo...she wanted to send her locks to Pantene, which makes wigs for cancer patients out of chopped-off hair. This is the second time she's given her long hair to cancer patients. It's the only reason she grows in out - to cut it off. It takes about three years to get the 8-11 inches needed for donation. I love that she does this. If I had cancer - and no hair - I would want my girl's locks.
Whew. A big change. Almost like letting your gray grow in. ARGH! More on that in a later post.
Our girl was selected along with another teacher to teach biology this summer in China. She's very excited, but we all have some trepidation because it's so far away. Exactly twelve hours away. We're not sure what communications will be like until she gets there, so talking with her might be intermittent or non-existent.
We'll deal with it, because this is a great opportunity to teach at the University of Bejing AND eat REAL Chinese food! She's been told they serve veggies and rice at every meal, even breakfast. Whoo-hoo!
I'm fortifying my heart for the send off on Saturday. What mother allows her child to go so far away for a month?! I have to keep crushing that voice in my head. She's a grown-up. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She'll be home before I know it. Maybe she'll learn how to make fortune cookies.
Here today, gone Saturday. Sniff.