So, the morning after the incident, we headed to a local children's hair salon to have her hair re-cut. I have to say thanks to Tammy there who was so good with me (the traumatized Mamma) and with giving us time to make our decision.
So, about our decision... We got there, Talia sat on the "Clifford the Big Red Dog" chair and started watching her Dora Snow Princess DVD when Tammy started to explain the options for her haircut.
"Yeah, but that would be a HUGE change," said Tammy... and then, "....or you could cut off 10 inches and donate it to Angel Hair for Kids*..."
My mom and I turned to look at each other & in a moment we were fanning our faces, trying not to cry. If you've been reading for a while, you might remember my post about the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life, and how my younger sister battled Cancer. She was diagnosed around the time I found out I was pregnant with Talia.
I remember what it was like to watch her lose her hair. I remember the wig she wore. And I remember all of the feelings involved with watching someone I loved go through that.
I did have to think about it for a bit (I sure loved Talia's long hair ;), but once the decision was made, I felt good about it. When Tammy was ready to start, Taila turned around & said, "Is my hair done now?" :) She switched to the pink car for a change of scenery, and we began...
So this is how we ended up with a happy ending. I'm so glad Talia left enough hair to be donated and that it was long enough to do so. Now when I look at Talia and her shorter hair, I won't be thinking so much about her stinker moment of hiding under the table with scissors- I'll be thinking of a little girl somewhere who lost her hair and whose parents couldn't afford to buy a wig. And of how Angel Hair for Kids will present her with a wig, and she'll be able to wear a bit of my girl's hair, and be comforted a little.
and this morning I put her hair in pigtails again- it was great! :)
We haven't done that in a long time!