Recently I took about six inches off the length of my hair. I did it in two steps - three inches at a time. The result is a chin length bob - straight and tidy. Friends on facebook used words like professional, sassy, sexy, sophisticated. The cafe owner around the corner said - you should have done this years ago. Acquaintances ask me how I feel about such a big change.
So when Maia asked to have her hair cut like mine I was only little surprised by my immediate rejection. True the time and energy saved by NOT having to maintain her long locks would make both our lives easier, but her tangled mane contains so many memories and discussions and arguments and love...
Locks of Love so a child - who's loss of hair is truly emotionally and physically significant - can have a sense of normalcy.
I made an appointment for her next week. An old friend will be cutting Maia's hair - a stylist who gave Joe his first cut. Somehow this comforts me.
Maia will look adorable in a bob.