I’m not much about Cinderella stories so I’ll say this is Melissa’s shining moment- please read and be blessed.
My friend Zonya bought up the idea of a Prom dress giveaway where she would design a custom gown for a deserving girl to wear to Prom this year. I loved the idea and offered to include my hair and makeup services, as an addition.
I met Melissa the very next day when she came to my salon for her hair appointment. Initially, I saw a beautiful young lady making time to take care of herself. But shortly after I washed her hair, she received a phone call that resulted in me learning more about her. Melissa is the only child of a single mom who battles with terminal health problems. Now a senior in high school, Melissa has watched her mom fight cancer since she was in the 8th grade. She has always been her moms pride and joy but most recently she has become her moms voice. Making decisions and taking on responsibilities that some adults wouldn’t even be able to handle.
With tears in my eyes, I set Melissa under the hair dryer and stepped out of my salon to call Zonya.
Being a single mom to an only child, Melissa’s story impacted me deeply. It is my prayer that someone would be a blessing to my daughter, if ever I can’t be around. I admire the fact that Melissa still demonstrates kindness, love and compassion for others, even during her storm. Proving that Unfortunate circumstances don’t define us. I don’t believe we meet people by coincidence its all divinely orchestrated. I do believe that God has a plan for each and everyone of us and perhaps we go through pain to prepare us to be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud.
This past Friday was Melissa’s prom. She shined beautifully, from head to toe, inside and out! Her smile was magical, she exuded confidence and strength, and was filled with pure joy!
I pray that God continues to bless and keep her and her mom🙏🏾❤️🏁 .
Thanks to my friend Mechalle and her son @fchwpo for their contribution. Thanks to Melissa’s family for their gratitude and lovely thank you cards. And lastly, Thank you Zonya for allowing me to be apart of this amazing experience. My heart is full and I can’t wait to do this again next year!