My 13-year old daughter, Ireland has been wanting to do it for a while now. Her friend, Mary Kate, did it two years ago. That’s when Ireland decided she needed to do it too! So, she went two years without even a trim. If you’ve ever had long hair, you know that means a lot of shampoo and conditioner plus a ton of tangles too! Yes, it’s beautiful but, long hair is a lot of work .
This summer, after Ireland’s hair was nice and long, I talked to my hero of a hair and stylist, Josif Wittnik, of Salon CTI in Appleton. I told him Ireland really wanted to do this. Then, before I knew it, it was really happening. He worked his magic and found a little girl who will soon be in need of a wig. The kicker. Her name is Ireland! She is 9 years old and lives near us. Wow! This was meant to be! Little Ireland has a tumor near her eye. An upcoming surgery will require that her head be shaved. The two girls met for the first time this week. It was magical. They hit it off right away. My Ireland is the only girl in her family. Little Ireland is the only girl in her family of 5 too.
My Ireland was a bit nervous on the drive to the salon. All of a sudden I watched as the nerves disappeared . The scissors came out. Little Ireland helped hold my Ireland’s hair as the cutting took place. In seconds her long locks were cut off. Dueling blow dryers, a little curling, and it was done. A short, sassy, new cut for my Ireland. She was all smiles! Plus, enough blonde hair to make a beautiful wig for the other Ireland. Even more special, a new friendship between two little girls who had never met before, but now have a very special very bond. Just writing this story brings tears to my eyes. I’m so blessed to have experienced this! My Ireland feels the same! We can’t wait for the two girls to meet again soon! Our thoughts and prayers are with our new friend, Ireland, and her family as she goes through the next few months. I’ll keep you posted and will let you know when both girls meet again, and when the wig is done. I think they both have a sister now! Pretty powerful, cool stuff don’t you think! And, what do you think of Ireland’s new do?