Friday evening, Ren took part in a pageant as part of the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival. This year actually marks the 70th year for the festivities. Many moons ago I had walked down the runway on a couple occasions in my very own attempts at the title, leaving each time without hardware. Fortunately, Ren fares a little better. She had participated in this same pageant last year finishing the evening as the second runner-up. Dressed in a red Maggie Sottero gown, John-Heath thought she looked beautiful. His exact words were, “Awww, Ren is so pretty! She looks just like a big, red crab!”.
Ren and her biggest fan - my mother
This year she wore a white gown - which we both concluded resembled something from the movie Troy. All she needed was a wreath of leaves in her hair and she would be good to go for a scene with Orlando Bloom.
I know I’m partial, but I thought she was quite beautiful and did a great job in the way she carried herself onstage. To have only been in three pageants she does a good job (thanks to a lot of training from her cousin Meg). The judges must have agreed for she was crowned the winner, among some very stiff competition of 31 girls, I must say. She was thrilled! We all were - especially my mom.
Finally home. When she asked if I now thought it had been worth it (You see, I had fussed all week long about her doing it) I said, "Well, that little piece of tin on your head is definitely not worth the money and time spent. But, seeing how happy you were was worth it and then some."
John-Heath enjoyed the evening too and remarked that he thought the most beautiful girl up there was the one showing her legs. I know. I was a little worried myself, at first. Turns out though he was more impressed that the girl was wearing cowboy boots with her evening gown. I think she may have been attempting to make some sort of misguided statement, a la Cybil Shepherd at the Emmys from a few years ago. Oh well, John-Heath sure liked the look.
Now, what exactly does a “bean” have to do with this post? For that, you’ll have to come back tomorrow. It’s never a dull moment at my house - or at Wal-Mart for that matter.
Ren and Kayla, the winner of the 20+ division and a former Miss Tennessee Teen USA contestant
P.S Pageant tip: If you run out of time before finding that perfect pair of new shoes in just the right color, take an old pair in the wrong color, tape off the acrylic heels and rhinestones and spray paint those suckers. It worked like a charm for us.