At the end of each and every school year my children take their empty backpacks to school for the last time. After a day of fun, games and goodbyes desks are emptied unceremoniously into tattered backpacks that have seen better days.
For some reason once these backpacks, full to the brim with papers, workbooks, pencil cases and glue sticks find their way home they are carelessly lobbed on the couch as my kids hit the door way. Thinking that the girls would come back and take care of their things I left them. Apparently Kira and Izzy were content to let them lay in a heap on the couch for the duration of the summer vacation.
After sitting for an entire day without being moved from their resting spot I finally gave in and sat down to sort through everything that had been sent home. I flipped through portfolios of art, math and spelling. I cleaned out glue sticks, crayons, erasers, scissors, and sharpeners. I found an abundant supply of sharpened and unsharpened pencils, they probably brought home an entire tree between the two of them. When I reached the bottom of Kira's bag I found a small spiral bound notebook. As I pulled it from the bag a loose page fell out. I picked it up ready to add it to my trash pile, but saw that it was covered in her "neat" handwriting. Neat is a perspective word...
On one side was a journal entry where Kira went on and on about how much she "loves spring" and how wonderful it was to have warm sunshine on her face and sunshine to help the flowers grow. I smiled to myself and thought about how cute she is and what a fun thing this little journal entry was to find. I quickly flipped the paper over to see if I had missed any other messages about spring.
This is what I found:
A closer look:
Mom isn't so bad after all she's being nice today.
This may affect my reputation as the meanest mom ever.
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I have to admit that there is one thing that I absolutely love about my daughter that I think nears perfection, her long, luscious hair.
Her hair streams like fine strands of gold, and shimmers in a bit of sunlight. I love to braid it and pull it into various hairstyles that can only be achieved with a large amount of hair. She has sworn that she would keep her long princess hair forever.
Last week Kira came home from school and announced that she wanted to cut off 12" of her hair to donate to someone who had cancer. I didn't quite know what to say at first. I had that momentary thought that I could never let her hair go. But after some quick thinking I excitedly told her that we would find someone that could cut her hair and donate it to locks of love. How could I ever really have said no to such a request.
There was one condition that I insisted on before she had her hair cut, that she let me take a few pictures of her in her baptism dress with her long hair still intact. It was too short notice to hire a professional photographer so my meager pictures will have to sufice. I took the pictures on Saturday.
When she got up Tuesday morning we did her hair the way she liked best, in a braid. Her hair appointment was scheduled for after school and she was nervous and excited all at the same time. When she got into the chair at the hairdressers the lady asked Kira if she was ready and she answered with an excited nod. Then she snipped twelve inches off Kira's braid.
The remaining hair fell like a waterfall around her face and down her back. There was more left than I had expected.
After a bit of cutting and styling Kira had a brand new look.
I am so proud of Kira's decision to give something that was precious to her to someone in need. Thank you Kira for being such a good example for me.