‘It’s A Small World After All’

I’ve written quite a few full-circle stories over my career so far. Sometimes two full-circle moments are involved in one story. But I have never written a story with so many full-circle moments combined than the one I wrote recently on the Kauth family—A story that was especially special to me because it includes a full-circle moment of my own.

Nearly three years ago, the Journal ran a story on then-6-year-old Julia Kauth. She had just beaten cancer and her hair was just starting to grow back.

I talk in my recent story about the full-circle moments for Julia and her family, and hair stylist Raine O’Keefe who came to the Kauths’ home to do the haircuts.

But the full-circle moments did not stop with Julia’s family, and Raine. I had my own full-circle moment, too.

I wrote the story about three years ago on Julia’s battle with cancer. I was so impressed by the  then-6-year-old’s bravery, I wrote a column about it.

I was honored the Kauths thought to get back in touch with me for this new story, and include me in their loop of full-circle moments.

It was very special for me to be able to be a part of this special moment for Julia and her family. I’m very grateful to be a part of their story once again.

But it wasn’t just the full-circle moments that made this story special to me. I found I was connected in other ways too.

Once or twice, when I was in high school, I went to the River Falls Spa, and I do believe Raine was my hair stylist there. She even gave me a few tips for how to style my hair for prom.

And a more distant connection, I donated my hair to Locks of Love the first time when I was only a few years older than Julia is now. I never had half so special a reason for donating as Julia did. I had seen my friend Corrine donate, and I thought it sounded cool, so I wanted to do it too.

I enjoy writing all my stories, but it was just special to be a part of writing a story I had a connection to.

Working in my hometown, I know other stories will pop up that I will be connected to in some way, and I can’t wait to learn all the different ways we are all connected here in River Falls.

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