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Change it is a-comin’

June 6, 2011

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There are a few things you should probably know about my husband before I continue. The first is that he hates getting his picture taken. This leads to a tonne of pictures where he is either sticking his tongue out at me or flipping me the bird. The other option (which suits my purposes completely today!) is that I sneak pics of him when he’s not looking.

The second is that he is intensely private. He hates having a fuss made over him, people paying attention to him, and surprising to no one, me blogging about him.

And, I’ve left the best for last, he has a heart of gold. In a textbook example of the book not matching the cover, he’s a huge softie and has only gotten more so since we’ve had V. Children have a direct line to his heart.

Hubby has had his hair longer than he’s known me. I know, you’re thinking duh, most guys have hair before they meet their wives (I said MOST). But I don’t just mean hair. I mean he started growing his hair out when he was 17 (this was the 80s remember. Rock and roll wooo!), and by the time I met him when he was 20 it was, as I like to describe it, ‘bra strap length’. He loves it when I do that, believe me.

So I’ve never known him with short hair and while it might have gone through a few styles, it is currently all one length and down to his butt. Don’t roll your eyes, it really is:

Hubby's hair

Needless to say it’s always easy to describe him. ‘Hey have you seen a guy about 6′ with hair down to his a$$?’ There aren’t too many of them wandering around Loblaws these days. It’s also a bit of a pain when he does things like ride his motorcycle or goes scuba diving. He hates having it knotted and you’d think he was Don King when I try to brush it out. At times like those he’s considered cutting it off, but it’s usually in passing. He’s always known that when he did cut it he would be donating it to a charity that made wigs for sick children and that he’d want to do a fundraiser as well.

This spring he received two pieces of information so close together he just knew the time had come. He found out that one of his co-workers has had to take an unpaid leave of absence to care for his gravely ill 8-year old daughter (you can read more about Jessica here [it’s now a cached version as the EMC doesn’t appear to have an online archive]) and coincidentally found out about a group of students who were donating their hair to Angel Hair, a charity that provides wigs to financially disadvantaged children who have lost their hair from alopecia, burns or cancer treatment, as well as other illnesses or treatments.

Originally he planned to donate his hair at the same time the students were, but then decided that he did not want to take away from their efforts. They had purposely grown their hair with the specific intent of donating it. He just happened to have hair and wanted to give it away. Instead, on June 29th at his department’s summer barbeque, he is having his hair cut. But not only is he having it cut, he is auctioning off the opportunity for anyone to cut his hair! Co-workers are fundraising and all of the money raised is going to Doug and his family.

I’ve never known him with short hair. I can’t imagine what he’ll look like or how it will be styled, but I do know that if at all possible I want to be one of the people who brings about the change and cuts his hair.

In what is quite possibly a crazy move, I’m going to donate a dollar for every comment left on this post. Go ahead, spread the word!

Hubby's hair

I couldn’t be more proud.

ps – The TD in Stittsville does not provide the account number, but have indicated that anyone who wishes to contribute can go in to any TD and ask them to send it to the Jessica McCoy fund at the TD Canada Trust, 1270 Stittsville Main St.

pps – if this starts to cut into my mortgage payments, I’ll have to cap it. (nothing like being an optimist right?)

106 Comments leave one →
  1. Pam permalink
    June 9, 2011 8:24 am

    This is a great cause and I am sure his co-worker will appreciate the help. I live with one who has not shaved since 1976. I am not sure if anything could move him to do the deed.

  2. Lala permalink
    June 9, 2011 11:06 am

    I tried to think of a truly original reply such as a limerick or haiku but I couldn’t get there today. So, awesome plan Bill, go short-hair go!

  3. Sam R permalink
    June 9, 2011 12:15 pm

    Boy is he ever going to feel naked! This is a great gesture from both of you.

  4. June 9, 2011 2:25 pm

    Count me in! : ) Good for him, & good for you!

  5. Karin permalink
    June 9, 2011 7:13 pm

    Great idea and I’ll repost on my facebook page to try and get you more comments!
    Wouldn’t it be great if you had to cap your donation!

  6. June 9, 2011 9:32 pm

    That’s so wonderful. You’ll have to let us know how the cutting goes.

  7. June 10, 2011 12:16 pm

    Here is a comment to up your numbers – I’ll also offer up an additional $20 of my own money to help towards this cause. Drop by and pick up the cash.

  8. June 10, 2011 12:28 pm

    I’ve met your Hubby and I’ve seen his hair! WOW! CUTTING IT?!!! So amazing! And what a great cause! Keep us posted please. I’m in awe; I hope he won’t feel naked without it or be traumatized by the event! Love to you and yours darlin!

  9. June 13, 2011 8:10 am

    Your husband rocks.

  10. June 13, 2011 8:16 am

    That is awesome.

    My husband had long hair when I met him. He mocked me when I suggested he cut it short and that it would look good. What to guess what his hair looks like now? πŸ™‚ And yes, I was right.

  11. June 13, 2011 8:22 am

    So great!! Here’s my comment and I”ll spread the word πŸ™‚

  12. June 13, 2011 8:45 am

    What an awesome thing for him to do! Came over from twitter, @coffeewithjulie posted it and @phdinparenting retweeted. I’ll help spread the word too! @ElizabethT45

  13. June 13, 2011 8:46 am

    Excellent! I hope you get gobs of replies! πŸ˜€

  14. June 13, 2011 10:00 am

    That’s awesome! πŸ™‚

  15. Kimberly permalink
    June 13, 2011 2:35 pm

    Good Job!!!! You Rock.

  16. Charlene @KillerMoleMom permalink
    June 13, 2011 4:22 pm

    Your husband is hella awesome. I understand because mine is also intensely private, so I can imagine what it takes for him to do this! Maybe he will discover spiky hair gel after he goes short. Good luck with the fundraiser! πŸ™‚

  17. Donn permalink
    June 13, 2011 5:02 pm

    Wow that Bill is doing this – I know the history behind his flowing locks.

    *Sniff* there goes my Triple H comparisons (Corey recalls the history here – although she never agreed πŸ™‚ ).

    Like Roo I would like to donate some $ as well, ping me when you can.

  18. June 13, 2011 7:53 pm

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  19. Jrodg permalink
    June 13, 2011 10:32 pm

    Go For it

  20. Trent G-D permalink
    June 14, 2011 9:42 am

    Nice job! It’s going to be odd seeing him!

  21. June 15, 2011 11:23 pm

    This is great!

  22. Pat permalink
    June 19, 2011 1:08 pm

    Corey said it: Heart of gold! That is pure altruism, pure Bill.
    Proud to be your friend.
    If you don’t like being seen with short hair, you can always wear your motorcycle helmet and ride more, while it grows back! πŸ˜‰

  23. June 20, 2011 9:06 pm

    Wow, he just warms my heart. Both of you, that is just awesome.

  24. Gary permalink
    June 21, 2011 11:07 am

    Oh, I’m so in! What a great and noble cause. Your husband sounds like a real gentleman to me! Well done πŸ™‚

  25. Jen permalink
    June 21, 2011 2:17 pm

    Wow, that is a great cause, good for Bill. Can’t wait to see him with his short do.

  26. Colleen permalink
    June 22, 2011 10:19 pm

    V can be so proud of her Dad for doing this ! What a wonderful gesture to do

  27. jenny gee permalink
    June 23, 2011 11:51 pm

    Hi! One more comment for you. Such a wonderful thing your husband is doing. I’m also growing my hair out for donation (which makes me think that I should maybe blog about it sometime). πŸ™‚ Good luck in the final push!

  28. Morley permalink
    June 24, 2011 10:16 am

    You’re gonna miss it but love it short at the same time.
    Be in touch soon…..

  29. Amy permalink
    June 24, 2011 10:51 am

    All things for a reason I say … he’s been growing it for just this purpose!! He truly has a heart of gold, as do you! Best of luck to Jessica and her family πŸ™‚ And don’t forget to sneek a picture of his “new do”!!!

    • June 24, 2011 1:31 pm

      Thanks Amy. This is such a big deal for him. He knows there’s going to be tonnes of pics and he can’t flip the bird to a single one *g*

  30. June 24, 2011 12:06 pm

    Pretty darn awesome! Props to you and your husband! So giving!

  31. June 24, 2011 2:55 pm

    Hi! This is such a touching gesture. Sounds like your hubby is one great guy!

  32. Tweepwife permalink
    June 24, 2011 3:16 pm

    This is amazing and wonderful. I hope lots of good natured fun is had, and lots of funds raised!

  33. June 24, 2011 3:22 pm

    I’ll comment for you. πŸ™‚

  34. June 24, 2011 3:30 pm

    I too used to have long hair. Kudos!

  35. June 24, 2011 8:55 pm

    Did I comment? I can’t remember. I meant to. And I’m doing it now ;).

  36. June 24, 2011 11:33 pm

    Each comment left raises a dollar in this fundraiser

  37. Angela permalink
    June 25, 2011 6:59 am

    And I can’t wait to see the photos of the cut!

  38. Anita permalink
    June 25, 2011 7:18 am

    I remember when you met him, you described his hair, LOL. What a great sefless act. For him, his hair is his most meaningful donation. I’ve not met you personally Bill, but am very proud of your decision. Way to go!!

  39. jrod permalink
    June 25, 2011 9:05 am

    No better reason to make a change, good on yahh

  40. Kevin T permalink
    June 25, 2011 11:49 am

    Wow! Now that reduces the number of people that I can say, “Wasn’t me, perhaps it was Bill you say with hair to his butt”. How am I going to be able to spot him in a crowd anymore? Good for you Bill! This has been a thought I’ve been having for some time now too. The riding of a motorcycle definitely does a number on the tangling if it is not braided/tied and tucked into a jacket… I forgot on my first ride this season. I will definitely be adding a transaction to the next stop at TD. The end of a very long era approaches!

  41. Alison permalink
    June 25, 2011 2:45 pm

    What a thoughtful and touching gesture. Hope the cutting goes well.

  42. June 25, 2011 4:18 pm

    Commenting now! Sorry – this got lost among other things but yes 1 comment here.

  43. Duncan permalink
    June 26, 2011 10:34 pm

    I am starting the sunday night rally… He has a heart of gold, I am lucky to call him a friend. I think his shorter hair will make him more areodynamic on the slopes.

  44. JLow permalink
    June 27, 2011 11:33 pm

    Comment! Does that count? πŸ™‚

  45. June 30, 2011 7:32 am

    You can pick up an extra $10 from me toward this cause when I see you next week!! πŸ™‚


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