I Am Going Bald
I'm shaving my head to benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation on March 16. This series will document why I'm doing such a thing. Despite these italics, it's not that serious.
I haven’t had my hair cut since before Thanksgiving. This is what I look like today:
I like to get my haircut every 4-5 weeks and this is how I prefer to look:
Arlo’s birthday, the holidays and the Polar Vortex made me forget about my haircut specifically and me generally. Three shaggy months later, I found myself at a crossroads; I could just get my haircut or I could do something special. I also found myself in a deep rut, brought on by cabin fever and monotony (did you notice even the letters in that word are repetitive?). I needed to do something transformative; something not about my kids but something quick because I have kids.
I remembered from our Bermuda days that St. Baldrick’s was coming up. I knew a number of people there who participated but when I asked around here in Madison, no one heard of it. Turns out St. Baldrick’s was born in the Reinsurance industry and Bermuda, like Manhattan, is a Reinsurance mecca:
“March 17, 2000 – The annual reinsurance industry’s St. Patrick’s Day party, held at Jim Brady’s pub in Manhattan, becomes the first St. Baldrick’s event. The goal of shaving 17 heads and raising $17,000 turns into 19 bald heads and $104,000 donated to fund the research of the Children’s Oncology Group.” – Site
Madison may not be a Reinsurance paradise, but a little more digging turned up a team of local firefighters signed up for the cause. I e-mailed the Team Leader and he graciously welcomed me to the fold. I took a deep breath and committed.
I am going bald.
Coming soon: St. Baldrick’s women who inspire.
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