Don’t you just love Sesame Street!
Good Enough Mother gave the iconic kids’ show a hard time recently after they banished the lovely Katy Perry for showing too much cleavage in a guest spot (the horror!) But I’ve gotta give them big ups for this one.
Check out this cool little video doing the rounds today. In it, an adorable little, African American girl, well Muppet actually, sings about how much she loves her hair…. Her NATURAL hair of course…
Of course, those of you who know me personally or are avid Good Enough Mother followers know what a big deal the hair thing is to me. When I was younger, my mom used to wash and press it. When I was in the fourth grade, I got it cut into an Afro and wore it like that until about the 10th grade.
In the 10th grade, I got my first relaxer and from then on I as addicted to what some call black women “creamy crack”.
For three decades I did what so many, chemically relaxed black women do, I fought with my hair. I fought to get it straight, I fought the weather, I fought the thin, fine edges and mourned the thickness the chemicals stole. The irony was I had a daughter with BEAUTIFUL hair, curly, strong, and gorgeous. What sort of message was I sending her about her own hair if I didn’t embrace my own?
So two years ago I stopped with the chemicals. Of course my hand was forced when my hair fell out due to illness and chemicals but the end result was the same; I experienced an epiphany about my hair. I vowed to love me; all of me, including my wild curls that so often have a mind of their own.
Oh how I wish this little Muppet had been hanging around Sesame Street when I was watching. I would have loved to see her infectious enthusiasm and complete love for her kinks and curls. Casey is too old for Sesame Street now but no matter. She has grown up loving her hair and knows it’s one of the things that make her unique. Hopefully other little girls with curls will feel the same way after watching this!