October 28, 2021
An 11-year-old girl struggled with fixing her hair and had no one to help her out. She had lost her mom at an early age, and her father usually left early for work. One day, a kind stranger came to her rescue.
The special bond between a mother and her daughter is so pure and strong that it can survive even the toughest of tests and the darkest of storms. Moms enjoy teaching little things to their girls, including how to style their hair, so it appears prim and proper.
Unfortunately, Isabella Pieri never had such a privilege as she lost her mother, Patricia Pieri, to a rare brain illness in 2016. She was then raised by her father, Philip Pieri, who worked at a convenience store near his house in American Fork, Utah.
As a single parent, Philip tried his level best to take care of her and be there for her. However, there was one thing he struggled with and couldn't properly teach to his little princess. He explained:
“I originally just gave her a crew cut because I didn’t know how, and it was all tangled and I couldn’t get it out for anything."
As it turned out, he didn't know how to fix his daughter's hair, and there was no one to ask for help either. He usually left early for work, and Isabella eventually got tired of her crew cut. She then decided to do something on her own.
For quite some time, she had kept things going with a quick brushing and a rough ponytail. However, in 2018, the little girl's life changed when she discovered a somewhat intriguing secret about her school bus driver, 47-year-old Tracy Dean.
Dean had been driving a bus for Alpine School District for 10 years. One morning, Isabella observed Dean styling a young girl's hair into a neat braid. She then mustered up the courage to walk up to her, asking if she could fix her hair as well.
Dean, who was not just a good driver but also a kind person at heart and mom to 4 kids, recalled the experience, sharing how she loved connecting with kids and treating them like her own.
Soon afterward, Dean began stying Isabella's hair, just like she did for the other girls. She even taught handy tips and tricks to the little girl, so she could progress a little on her own. Talking to ABC News, Dean shared:
"She'd get on the bus and she'd say, 'I brushed my hair. Does it look good?' I'll say, 'You did awesome.'"
Isabella's father expressed how happy and grateful he was to Dean for stepping up to fix his daughter's hair. He also added how he loved seeing his little princess every day with her hair looking beautiful.
At the same time, Isabella's teachers also noticed how tidy she looked and were elated to see her more confident than ever. Indeed, the world needs more considerate people like Dean, who never fail to amaze us with their kindness.