You hated your hair.
You wished it looked more like the girl on tv.
Long and straight.
But you’re not like the girl on tv.
You are one of my greatest creations.
Coffee with a dab of cream colored skin,
Brown eyes that sparkle in the sun,
The brightest smile that winks with dimples
In each cheek.
And your hair;
The hair that you didn’t like,
Is now your favorite after a year with locs.
Locs that resemble the strong roots that you come from.
Roots that want you to see the beauty that is inside and out.
Roots that will do whatever to protect you and shower you with love.
Roots that have now taught you to,
Love your hair.
Thoughts while writing: As a parent, we want our children to love everything about themselves. Especially when living in a world that does everything to get them to hate themselves. Although Kai is young, I noticed she was very self conscious about her hair. Mainly because a lot of videos she saw would have girls that looked the complete opposite of her with long straight hair and she thought that’s what she needed. For Kai that’s not possible since she’s this chocolate ball of energy with the curliest hair that shrinks. So she would always ask if her hair was short and things like that. Fast forward to her brothers getting locs and she fell in love. She asked for a year to get locs. I made her wait so long because she’s young and I wanted to be sure that she really wanted them. Finally I started them for her and a year later she is the only one still going strong with her journey.