My daughter is always begging to let her hair grow and I always counter with haircuts - worried about the tangled mess that comes with long hair when a child does not take care of it. But, out of necessity, I let it happen during the time of the COVID lockdown.
The carefree nature of her long hair represents to me - summertime, movement and freedom - all the things that seem so restricted now in the time of the pandemic. It is almost as if her hair is a metaphor of what could and should be, but what is not.
At times, the way her hair falls on her face, it portrays a sense of mystery about her growing up. And other times, it shows front and center her gregarious and outspoken personality, where there is no mistaking the young woman she is becoming.