PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Jorlis Garcia offered two simple words when asked where she got the idea to help her grandmother deal with an unsightly side effect of cancer treatment.
“The heart,” she said, as if the answer was obvious.
It was early February when the Providence fourth-grader cut off her long, black mane and started searching for someone to weave them into a magic wig for the woman she calls “Mama.”
Leah Metts saw the story, cried a bit and then volunteered.
“I’m so excited,” she said as she walked up the porch steps at Ramona Rosario’s home.
Jorlis was there on the couch with Mama.
“You want to feel it?” Metts asked with a smile.
Jorlis spent years growing the hair for it.
Metts spent weeks fashioning the locks into the magic wig.
“Beautiful,” Rosario said. “I’m so proud of her.”
Jorlis pointed out she did what her grandmother taught her to do.
“If she has something and someone needs it,” Jorlis said. “She’ll find a way to get it for them.”
For Metts, Jorlis’s love for her grandmother reminded her of her own grandmother, who lived with her towards the end of her life.
“I took her into my home for a year,” Metts said as she got ready to put the wig on Rosario.
Jorlis offered her a tissue.
“I cared for her and she had ailments,” Metts said, wiping away tears. “The fact that [Jorlis is] doing this is just so beautiful.”
So was the wig, as Rosario brushed through her new bangs.
Her daughter, Jorlis’s mom Dolly Rosario, translated as her mom put her thoughts into words.
“She said she wants Jorlis to carry that [kindness] with her for the rest of her life,” Rosario said. “Everything she did for her because, spiritually and emotionally she wants her to know how to treat people correctly.”
Rosario smiled as she looked in the mirror for the first time.
“She said that she has me with her forever,” Jorlis said. “[It looks] perfect.”