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The Luckiest, #1254

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My daughter is the most special little girl.  She is beautiful inside and out.  I have known this from the moment I laid eyes on her, but every once in while there will be a key moment that makes me understand this on a deeper level.  Yesterday, her beauty was at its most radiant, and I am beyond proud.

For two years, my daughter has been growing out her hair.  Her long hair was gorgeous – thick and wavy.  She had always talked about donating her hair when she eventually would cut it, but I was beginning to wonder if it was ever really going to happen.

Yesterday, as we were headed to the hair dresser, she suddenly had the desire for this beauty salon visit to be THE day.  And so….here it is in pictures, blog readers.  The end of my daughter’s hair journey, and the moment when kindness became a selfless act.

My daughter and I have a wonderful hair dresser.  Courtney Cimino owns her own boutique salon called Bold Boutique.  It is in a Sola Salon complex, and it is a tiny little haven to go to when you need hair perfection.  When we announced to her that we needed to cut 8 inches off, she was excited and happy to do the job.

Here is the before picture.  So long hair!

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The snip…

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Ponytail gone!

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Admiring the new look…

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Thank you Courtney!  You’re an awesome hairdresser, and we are so glad that we got to share this moment with you.  You made it special, and my daughter looks even more gorgeous than she already was.

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The 8 inch ponytail is being sent off to Pantene Beautiful Lengths where they, in turn, will turn it into a wig for a cancer patient.  It takes 8 ponytails to make one wig, and Pantene has donated 42,000 wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig bank to date.  Many organizations that take hair donations require a 10-12 inch ponytail, but Pantene accepts 8 inch ponytails which makes it a little easier to donate.  (CLICK HERE to read their hair donation requirements.)

I couldn’t be more proud that my 11-year-old daughter decided on her own that she wanted to do this extreme act of kindness.  It came from her heart and required commitment and bravery.  She is amazing, and I am one lucky Mama.

That is why my song of the day is “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds Five, because lucky doesn’t even begin to describe the pride I have for her.  She is a blessing in every kind of way.

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The Luckiest, #908

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I am feeling so loved today!  Valentine’s Day 2014 was truly special.  It just so happened that Valentine’s Day also fell on Shabbat this year, so my family had a “Red Hot Shabbat” dinner.

Years ago, my husband and I decided that we would use Valentine’s Day to celebrate the love of our family….not romantic love just between the two of us.

I am a happy, festive kind of celebrating girl, but Valentine’s Day kind of drives me nuts.  Flowers are more expensive than any other day of the year, and the food in restaurants is typically sucky.  I so much rather cook on this holiday, and then go out for good food any other day of the year.

A tradition was born years ago when a group of friends got together for a “Red Hot Shabbat” potluck.  We all made “red food,” and I’ve been doing it every year since then with my family.  My kids love it, and it is so sweet to sit around the dinner table and share our love for each other.

The gifts this year were so heart felt.  Especially from my 9-year-old daughter.  I couldn’t believe when she pulled out the Zales shopping bag.  My husband has never gotten me anything from a retail jewelry shop.  I am always finding ways for him to buy me jewelry wholesale.

I guess my husband took the kids to the mall to Valentine’s Day shop this year, and my daughter insisted on going into the Zales Jewelry store.  She walked over to this silver & mother of pearl locket and insisted that this was what I should receive.  Her idea is that I’d put a picture of the two of us together in the locket.

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I am so overwhelmed with this gift!  I love jewelry, but it’s jewelry with meaning behind it that especially touches me.  I will have this necklace forever and will never forget who gave it to me and the thought behind it.  I am the luckiest person on the planet with a daughter who is so thoughtful and a husband who is willing to go along with it.

And my son’s gift, by the way, was just as sweet.  He knows I love tea and am crazy about the Teavana store, so his gift to me was “strawberry rose blush” tea in a special tin.  When he gave it to me, my usually “tough guy” son said, “You’re the best Mommy in the whole world, and I love you.”

Yes, I am lucky and blessed, and Valentine’s Day went the way it was supposed to.  We expressed our love for one another, and I am touched beyond words can express.

I have used Ben Folds’ song “The Luckiest” as a song of the day before, but it really did seem the appropriate song for today, too.  So CLICK HERE to hear this very thought-provoking and special song and know that I must use it, because I am one lucky Mama.  Hip hip hooray for family love!

The Luckiest, #537

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All morning, I’ve been procrastinating writing my blog, as I knew that today’s blog would be of deep reflection and sorrow.  How could I not write about the children and families in Newton, CT?  It seems nearly impossible to think of anything else knowing that there are lives lost of innocent victims and families that are just like me having to somehow deal with the unimaginable.  It is sickening, and I have been crying off and on since it happened yesterday morning.

Yesterday, my husband and I volunteered in my son’s kindergarten class to sing holiday songs with them.  As I looked in the expecting eyes of this room full of happy children, I couldn’t help but think of those kindergartners at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  What were they doing when the gunman came into their room?  Were they making a secret Christmas gift for their families as my children have been whispering to each other about over the last week?  Were they learning to read, count, write their letters and work on penmanship.  The fact is, they were just being children, and some sicko came into their safe classroom and ended it all destroying the lives of countless people all around them.

I am angry today, because this monster was obviously ill and somehow slipped through the cracks.  It absolutely infuriates me that health insurance still considers psychiatric therapy to be elective.  It is a disease, and it is so important that people with poor mental health get treatment just as a person with any physical ailment would.

I have never thought gun control was the answer, but a friend wrote about an interesting twist on the argument yesterday.  He argued that though mental health is the underlying issue of these mass shootings, health reform is a much more difficult mountain to climb than gun reform.  The chance that health insurance will change their policies anytime in the near future is unlikely, but if we could at least change some of the gun laws, maybe we could make more progress.  Yes, he said, people should have the right to bear arms…but why semi-automatic weapons?  What does anybody need that for?

In the case of of the Netwon, CT elementary school gunman, he obtained his guns from his mother.  In other words, he did not purchase them himself, and I am sure criminals will always find a means to obtain guns.  It is a vicious cycle, and one that really needs to be addressed immediately.  It should be a top priority in our country right now.

There is so much to think about, and whether or not you believe in gun control or not, the fact is that we are a grieving society and need each other right now.  We are mourning for these children and their families, and yes, I have been hugging my kiddos over and over again as I am appreciating them more than ever.

My song of the day today is a song called “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds Five.  It is in appreciation for my children and for the love I have for them.  It is for the memory of those innocent and beautiful children who I will forever hold in my heart. Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear Ben Folds sing this beautiful song. I really am “the luckiest” today as I think of how it could have been me in this tragic situation, and my heart and prayers go out to the moms and dads, friends, uncles aunts, grandmas and grandpas of Newton, CT.