(trying desperately not to freak out too much at the thought)
My friend’s son Sam died in December and his death has left me absolutely heartbroken and helpless. I’ve lost so very many family members to cancer including some who were young, but never a child. I first became friends with Sam’s mom when our boys were pre-schoolers. Sammy and my son were the same age. Sam was exactly one month and one day older than my son. I thought cancer was hell before, but the idea of a world without Sam because cancer took him away is unthinkable.
I want to do something, but I’m too far away to help his family directly.
I’ve wavered about shaving my head for St. Baldricks ever since Sam died.
Just when I decided not to for petty reasons (I’m already incredibly insecure about my appearance right now and I didn’t think I could handle how I’d look bald), Mary Kate tweeted about wanting lilac hair. When others tweeted back urging her to just go ahead and dye it, she explained that, given her career, she wasn’t really able to do that unless it was for work-related reasons. That made me stop and think. I never thought about it that way. I have the freedom to shave my hair, so why not? A friend pointed out, “Hair grows back. Children don’t.”
Some time in the next month or so (the date’s not set in stone), I’ll (deep calming breath) shave my head to raise money for St. Baldricks.
I asked the kids how they felt about it. My daughters think it’s great. My son wanted to get in on it too.
And so, when I shave my head, he’ll do the same. He’s raising money as well (actually, he’s currently beating me because his big sisters both insisted on donating to him).
My husband offered to shave his head with us, but he already has to keep it short for work, so you won’t even notice a difference. Still, the solidarity is appreciated.
If you would be so kind, please share this. I suspect our goals are too ambitious and I don’t know that we’ll make them, but I want to try.
Thanks in advanced.
Since his curls are hidden under the newsie cap in that one, here’s another: