On a lighter note, I just watched Toddlers and Tiaras on TLC. You’ve got to be KIDDING. ME. One lady actually feeds her tired kid Mountain Dew and candy to get her all hyper for the competition. I could be wrong but I do believe Mountain Dew has more caffeine than Coke. Another lady spent about $8000 (including pageant dresses and swimsuits) to fly to Hawaii to have her daughter in the competition. The prize is $1000, fancy crown and sash. She also has her spray tanned. She’s 7 years old. Oh, you might say this is what happens when people have more money than common sense, and that might be true.
Except that one father works 7 days a week and the mother works 2 jobs so that they can afford these beauty pageants. The dads seem to be rather uninvolved except for the money part. I’m not sure what basing a 7 year old’s entire self esteem and worth on their looks and the ability to do the splits does to their sense of self but what do I know, I’m not a parent. Maybe they learn how to work hard, smile through disappointment, perseverance. I don’t know. They all want their daughters to win, win, win and they’ll do whatever it takes, but gosh darn it, those kids don’t want to rehearse very long! Are there any tell-all books written by former child pageant winners? So what do you think a social worker would have said if I had told them that that’s what I wanted to do for my future adopted child. Think that would impress?