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.