A couple of weeks ago, Harper Lee finally said good-bye to her long, long hair.  She’s been growing it for several months and really wanted to cut it during the long, hot summer but decided to hold out for just a little longer so she would have enough inches for a donation to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization whose mission is “to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children.”
She made it through the sweltering heat and on into fall but decided she was ready for a change about two weeks ago, so I made an appointment with our hairdresser, Autumn.
She had just a little over the required length of 10 inches.
I think I was more nervous than she was as Autumn raised the scissors.  She closed her eyes and said, “Just do it.”
I think I was most nervous because I didn’t know how different it would be.
But the results were really cute, and she feels good about making a donation to such a worthy cause.  As she told me when I winced and made that sucking sound with my teeth and the scissors gnawed through her thick ponytail, “It’s just hair, mom.”  
But for someone else it will be so much more than “just hair.”