Braver than most adults, one boy chose to do what he felt was right despite others' opinions. That being said, he was still a kid, and the journey was rigorous, causing him to dig deep to remain in his integrity.
A child's actions, especially when significantly young, usually reflect their parents' values and teachings.
In 2015, 8-year-old Christian McPhilamy from Melbourne, Florida, truly made his mom and dad look good with his decision not only to be kind but also courageous -- remaining steadfast despite the insult thrown his way.
[Left] The back of Christian McPhilamy’s head when he had long hair; [Right] Christian McPhilamy holding up hair of his that was cut off. │Source: facebook.com/deeanna.thomas.7
Deeanna Thomas spoke about how she and her husband raised their children. She said they encourage them to look outside themselves instead of solely on their issues. The 28-year-old mom stated:
"It's about everyone. It's about everybody helping everybody and everybody being involved in their community.[sic]"
These lessons are most likely why in 2012 when Christian was six years old, he chose to grow his hair long and donate it. This decision came about after watching a commercial for the St. Jude's Children Research Hospital.
The hospital was advertising for the charity organization Children With Hair Loss. They provide hair at no cost to children who need the tresses due to medical conditions such as cancer, alopecia, and much more.
For a 6-year-old, his commitment to the process was praiseworthy, especially with the level of criticism he received from both children and adults.
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"He would be playing with a bunch of boys, and they'd be like, 'You look like a girl.'... He held his head high, and he never once said that he wanted to cut it off ever.[sic]"
Christian admitted that the consistent disapproval was not a pleasant experience. Yet, he grew his hair until he turned eight years old.
THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE!
The moment had finally come for the young boy's family to cut his long, beautiful blonde tresses, which they separated into ponytails.
Christian sent four 10-inch long sections to the hospital, leaving him happy and probably making another child out there beyond ecstatic.
SHOUTING IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS
Taking to Facebook, Thomas couldn't help but share how incredibly proud she was of her son. With a plethora of pictures documenting the hair-cutting process, she partially penned:
"He has never once strayed from his goal and always took the time to educate others on why he made the choice to grow his hair. I am one proud mommy as always. [sic]"
The comment section was full of praise while simultaneously silencing the naysayers. Some children acknowledged that what Christian did was terrific -- a lesson in courage that they hopefully took to heart.
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REFUSING TO GIVE IN
For Christian, he grew his hair to help other individuals, but for many, their tresses represent a part of their identity. Promise Sawyers, like many of us, is one of those individuals.
She felt the sting when she was bullied for her natural hair at school, doubting her worthiness. However, like her brave counterpart Christian, she came back swinging.
Promise not only returned to school with a bigger afro but also made a clip that went viral. In the video, she told fellow netizens her story and advised them not to allow anyone to take away their power.
Promise has since become significantly popular online, using her Instagram platform to share inspiring content.
Both of these children are wise beyond their years. The pair are already imbued with the understanding that many may not like you for following your unique path. Nevertheless, you will eventually gain respect from the right individuals.
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