Sending Locks with Love!

by Mindy Lockard on August 5, 2009

Today was a big day in the life of Miss Elle Lockard because she cut her hair to give to Locks of Love.  For some, a haircut is no biggy, for Elle… well do you remember Sampson from the bible?  Yeah, her hair was her things.  She loved it, enjoyed every single inch of it and giving it to a child in need – although she thought it was a great idea – was the ultimate sacrifice.

If you are thinking of letting your child do this and can stand the months of hair snarls that could house a small animal; I highly recommend it.  It was one of the best lessons for Elle in putting someone else’s needs ahead of her own.  It’s easy to give a toy here and there, but when it comes to actually giving of yourself, that’s another story.

Here’s how it went down…

We packed light for the salon: pocketbook, 2 rubber bands, camera (to entertain Maggie), and tissue.

getting-ready

Took a few last pictures for memory sake…

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and that’s why we called her Rapunzel!

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On the way to the salon we said a prayer for the child who will one day wear Elle’s hair.

For locks of love the hair must be 10 inches long and put a double rubber band…

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straight cut across snip,

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snip,

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snip!

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All smiles until we left the salon and she folded into a puddle of tears and my heart sank.

A pep talk from Dad and a glimspe at the new cut in a headband turned her spirits around!

after

We packaged up the hair and wrote a quick note:

Dear Locks of Love,

I hope you like my hair. I hope you have fun with it!

Love, Elle

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and sent if off all smiles and a great big high-five from daddy, whaoo from Maggie, and a tears of pride from mom (I tear up easily).

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Elle, I am so proud of what you did for another human being today — even though it was very hard and uncomfortable for you!

I love you.

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Missy 08.05.09 at 8:34 pm

WOW…beautiful Elle!!!

Carey Sue Vega 08.05.09 at 8:35 pm

That is AWESOME!!! I’m tearing up! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Liesel 08.05.09 at 9:07 pm

LOVED THIS! Super miss Elle…. give her a big smooch for me! How did I not know this was happening?

Sarah 08.06.09 at 9:18 am

I am so proud of you Elle! You go girl!

Anna 08.06.09 at 9:56 am

How awesome!! I’m so amazed a child could do such a big and courageous thing. This is a testament to how well your training your children. Thank you for sharing your life and family with us!! And tell your little girl she has inspired me to do the same thing! I don’t think I’m too far off from the 10in.

Tee 08.06.09 at 11:13 am

Elle, I just cut my hair yesterday for Locks of Love. I’m an old lady, old enough to be your grandmother. I’m donating my very long hair because it doesn’t grow anymore, and I really don’t need it; someone else like the kids you care about need it more than I do. I don’t know you, but I’m very proud that you would give your gorgeous hair away so other children can try and be as pretty as you are. It won’t work, though…you win the prize for pretty.

Say hello to your family. Your mom loves you very much to write a blog about you and your unselfish deeds. I found the blog by linking to #locksoflove on Twitter. Bye, Elle. Blessings to you and your family. Namaste’.

admin 08.06.09 at 5:15 pm

Elle and I would like to thank every last one of you for your sweet comments! Words cannot express the twinkle in her eye as I read her the supportive e-mails. Here’s to gracious living and giving to others through the process!

Charlie 08.06.09 at 6:15 pm

Elle, You look very beautiful with your new haircut. It was very kind of you to send your hair to someone who needs it. I hope you are enjoying the sunshine in California. Love, Charlie

Oofie 08.06.09 at 9:12 pm

Well Miss Isabella Lockard…what a generous thing to do for someone else! You are a very caring and loving person. I am proud of you! And remember…it’s whats in your heart, not on your head that matters!! You have a beautiful heart!! …and lucky you…your new cut is very cute!!
I love you! Oofie
A.K.A. Grandma Sue

Judi Weinkauf 08.07.09 at 7:23 am

Oh Elle, How very special of you to give your hair away to help some else!! Your Grandma is right about your heart….it is very beautiful. And, I love your new do!! It is tres chic .

Andrew 08.10.09 at 3:11 pm

That’s my girl!!!! I am so proud of u Elle! Love Uncle Andrew

SCY 09.25.09 at 3:27 am

Found your blog by accident – what an amazing gift Elle has given. And what a great lesson for you to have let her learn.

xxx

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