In spite of the fact that it is difficult to care for, I love her long, silky locks.
A little over a week ago, I was researching alopecia areata. It's an auto-immune disease that causes the body to attack its own hair. Claire was diagnosed with this while she was in China and I was trying to learn more about it. I want to know why I'm constantly rubbing ointment into little bald places. One link took us to a website that had a picture of a little girl with no hair at all.
Claire was looking over my shoulder and became very concerned.
"Girl. No hair. Sad," she repeated over and over.
It was the Locks of Love website. I showed Claire that the girl didn't stay sad because someone gave her some of their hair. She was so excited by this. She wanted to give the girl she saw her own hair.
I put her off with a "maybe someday you can do that."
But, like all things Claire gets into her head, she didn't forget. Every single day she asked about the sad girl with no hair. Every day she wants to make her hair short and give the girl some hair.
So, today, I got to see that it isn't her hair that makes my daughter beautiful.
It is her heart.
|Plenty of beautiful black hair.|
|The first cut was terrifying for mommy.|
|It was so thick. It took a LOT of cutting to get that ponytail off.|
|Then a little touch up to make things smooth.|
|So happy to be able to brush her own hair without getting the brush tangled.|
|I am really cute with short hair!|
|Can't stop looking in the mirror. She is so happy with the results.|
|Ready to mail tomorrow.|
Even though Claire's life has been very difficult, or perhaps because it has been difficult, Claire has learned the joy of sacrifice. She knows that blessings are to give away and that love is big enough to reach into sad places and make a difference. I have a lot to learn from my precious daughter. Her life bears the image of our God in a remarkable way!