My girls recently decided they wanted to cut their hair short ~ my immediate reaction was...are you sure?! ... your hair is so long and lovely! (and in my head saying nooooo!!!!). I approached my older sister with this dilemma and she gently reminded me that motherhood is a continual letting go and perhaps this was one more opportunity to practice surrender. I know it is silly, but I had become attached to their long locks. They had only ever had it trimmed since they were born. I loved braiding it. I loved the remnants of their baby curls. I loved how it framed their faces.
As much as I resisted the idea though, I knew she was right...I needed to learn to let go a little more. I also realized that we could use this beautiful hair for locks of love ~ an organization that provides hair pieces for children who have lost their hair due to cancer. We had spent time in the hospital this past year, saying our goodbyes to a dear friend with cancer...so this hit close to home for us. I discussed this all with the girls and they were very willing to offer their hair to such a wonderful place.
A farewell to the locks...
The big snip (and sniff sniff for me)
Tracey at C.O. Creative Hair Concepts did a wonderful job making the girls (and me) feel at ease. She is a wonderful stylist and worked magic on their hair.
Twelve inches to offer!!!
Suddenly my Luna looked so grown up...
Ta Da ~ pony tails ready to offer...
My sister (who gave the great advice) also brought two of her girls for locks of love hair cuts. The cousins had so much fun watching each other become transformed...lots of giggling, fluffing and flinging of the new hair and giddy excitement!
Now I look at my girls with their new grown up looks and still see the same faces I absolutely adore looking back at me ~ realizing letting go isn't always as hard as it seems.
This small taste of allowing and supporting what my children wanted, in the face of my own resistance, has me recognizing the ever changing journey we are on as a mothers.
Feeling connected to all you mama's out there ~ as bit by bit ~ we allow our children to teach us the art of letting go.