“What’s wrong with your hair?”
“Are you turning into a little girl?”
“You’re becoming a hippie, aren’t you?”
While traveling the rodeo circuit with his father, Shawn Minor, the 23-time World Rodeo Champion, 9-year-old Kole endured good-natured teasing about his growing locks. In the rodeo world, not many guys have long hair, so Kole’s hair stood out. Every time he was teased, Kole simply walked away with a smile.
But the teasing finally got to his mom, Tara Minor. She was tired of hearing the teasing at every rodeo. She posted an update on her Facebook wall, explaining the reason behind Kole’s long hair:
Today, Shawn and I learned a lot from our son Kole who is 9 yrs old. He asked how much longer does he need to let his hair grow out before he can donate it to Locks of Love. He’s been teased, called a girl, hippy, what’s wrong with your hair?? are you turning into a little girl? And not one time has he got mad or upset, he just grins and walks away. Lots of our so-called friends have done this to him. Kole has lost two great aunts to breast cancer, one he was very close to–so this is something he wanted to do to help people. So please be kind to people and don’t make fun of them because you never know what the circumstances are. I myself have been ridiculed by people and so called friends because I dress different and I have purple hair and I like to wear goofy hats. It shouldn’t matter how we dress, our sexual preference, or skin color, or how long our hair is. Please be kind to one another! I asked Kole tonight if he was sick of people teasing him and he said it’s ok mom, I don’t care what other people think or say– it’s their problem. We are VERY proud of him!
“As a parent, I didn’t like the teasing, but it didn’t bother Kole–he’s a on a mission,” Shawn said. “I’ve always taught him to be his own man–and that it doesn’t matter what other people think. I’m really proud he’s embraced that.”
Kole’s Mission: Wigs for Kids and Locks of Love
Karen Putz is an author, speaker, and Passion Mentor who helps others unwrap their passions at any age. For fun, she walks on water with the assistance of a rope, boat, and driver. Connect with Karen via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and her website: Ageless Passions.