The Tower
by Corrie
(Korrla part 1)
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…"

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 (N.T.)

Korrla felt quite sad, she was beginning to feel that she was a kindred spirit with Rapunzel… Recently her father had banished her to the upper room. It often felt cold, and cramped there. It made her feel isolated. At times, it made her feel as if she had to apologize for existing.. She felt sure that Rapunzel had experienced all of these sad and gloomy emotions locked in her one-room tower…

The banishment also hurt because to a degree, what her father was saying was yes you live here, but I want to pretend you are not here… I want to make your presence as small and as insignificant as possible. It is easier for me to try and crush your spirit than it is for me to affirm your worth and build you up. It is much easier for me to try and dismiss you, rather than taking (or making) the time needed to listen to you, to try and understand you - much less attempting to comprehend the incredible depth of your heart and soul and mind.. Completely entangled in his own insecurities and foolish, bloated pride, her father reminded her of the immature boys (the bullies) at school – the types that would pull your braids and taunt you when you cried… The male whose only ‘proof’ of manhood lay in his ability to ridicule, in the use of sharp demeaning words, and intentionally trying to intimidate someone smaller than him- what a brave man, what a noble feat!!

Just as hair cannot be forced to grow more quickly than intended, you cannot force someone to love you and respect you – respect must be earned. A good man leads by example. He invests himself in others. He uses his strength to help others, not to cut them down or reduce them to pieces.. Words and deeds can hurt the heart, doing much damage in an instant; just as the quick stroke of cold, steel scissors can erase a lifetime of care and growth a woman has put into her long, beautiful hair. Fortunately in due time a lady’s hair can grow back, but sadly it is not so easy to heal wounds of the heart… How does one put a broken heart back together…?

Unfortunately long hair is not immune to this same cruelty, this senseless destruction. For some reason, many people find it easier to tell a woman she should constantly cut her hair - rather than encouraging her to grow her hair long, or taking the time to grow and cultivate their own hair.. Why is this so? Why is it easier for some people to destroy rather than create, to ridicule rather than esteem, to confine rather than set free? How can a girl’s hair flourish in such an environment? … More importantly how can love survive, much less grow…? Korrla sometimes felt as if her Faith and her hair were the only two thing that could not be taken from her…

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