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The Small Seed – Rachel’s Hair {Ottawa Childrens Photographer}

June 2, 2011

This is the first installment of the Small Seed Project and I’m excited to share a story and some images with you.

I’d like to introduce you to Rachel. She’s smart, creative and sometimes a little bit goofy 🙂 Her favourite things are to write and to climb. Something else to know about Rachel – she likes long hair. Hard to tell by looking at her isn’t it? However, until 2 weeks ago Rachel’s tresses were half way down her back, a full 12 inches to be precise.

Now, while long hair is pretty common amongst 9-year-old girls, knowing its exact length isn’t. But Rachel long hair isn’t ordinary, at least not any more.  You see Rachel decided to cut her hair and donate it to an organization making wigs for children undergoing Chemotherapy.

Rachel tells it like this: I liked my hair, but there are 3 things that made me cut it. First, it reached 12 inches and that’s the length they need to make wigs and that’s important. Second people at school kept playing with it and that was annoying, and third now I have cooler hair for summer and the children who need wigs will have them ready for winter to keep warm.

Rachel is matter of fact about her gutsy act of kindness, although the certificate she received in recognition, as well-being thanked in front of her whole school have obviously made an impact. I think that as a 9-year-old doing anything against the grain, because you know there are people who need something more than you do shows depth and strength beyond that of many adults.

Thank you Rachel for sharing your story, and letting me take your picture. I love the short hair, and I know that somewhere another girl will feel strong and beautiful (not to mention warm! ) because of your gift.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2011 10:59 pm

    Lovely story and beautiful photographs! Great job!

  2. June 3, 2011 10:36 pm

    Gorgeous photos and what a fantastic and self-less act. Well, well done!

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