Pfffft, we were pulled out of class for that?! A beauty pageant pitch?? We were at that weird in between age. Thinking back on it, I remember feeling both flattered and offended.
I was sitting with three of my good friends. We snickered at the thought of being beauty pageant contestants as we sat there in our jeans, t-shirts, and tennis shoes. One friend began to jokingly ponder what she could do for the talent competition. We all began contributing to a list of our talents. They included:
- washing dishes
- making change
- shooting free-throws
- completing geometry proofs
- diagramming sentences
We had no intention of joining up anyway.
Let it be known that I think beauty pageants are stupid. Yes, I know, there are scholarship opportunities, blah, blah, blah. I don't care. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, not a panel of "judges".
This week's prompt at Illustration Friday is "talent", and it reminded me of that day in the school cafeteria. We had no interest whatsoever in vying for the Miss Colorado crown. We also knew that we were all talented. And beautiful too, for that matter.
As for my friends? Two of them became highly skilled nurses - one of them serving several years in the army. The third one, we've lost track of, but the prevailing rumor is that she went on to be a pretty successful *ahem* "businesswoman" in Las Vegas.
We didn't need no stinkin' beauty pageant.