Out of her element, she traipses across the stage a little too fast. Reddish-blonde hair, curled with attitude in mom’s bathroom hours earlier, bounces on her petite t-shirted shoulders. She twists, turns, then employs a sashay. The announcer thanks the young beauty pageant contestant.
Tortured minutes pass. Frightened, she returns to face the crowd. Her face fireworks when the announcer says she’s won.
Pushing her head through a sash, she grabs the trophy and smiles from the fit of the tiara. Then she displays something in public she’d only dreamed. Miss Infinity shows new found swagger, stage left.
On Saturday, my teenage daughter, Tay, signed up for her first beauty pageant. One hundred percent of the proceeds went to brain cancer research and patients. The attire was jeans and t-shirts. Her grandfather passed from brain cancer in March, so she did this in his honor. She won. This is a proud parent moment in the form of 100 words for @velvetverbosity “Swagger” word this week.
Today’s song came via the twitter from my friend Marian. I know Tom Petty’s American Girl is known for being in Silence of the Lambs when Buffalo Bill takes the Senator’s daughter so let’s give it another image. Here’s to Tay’s big win, my father’s pride for my American Girl.