Pageants are happening in every town, every year. Every child dreams – to become a prince/princess, a star or the king/queen of a town or other place? Entering a competition when I was only seven years old was a good expenience with me. It was an honor to recieve this title, even for a day. Each neighborhood recreational park held auditions or tryouts to be crowned as a playground princess. There were pageants for several age groups: Miss, Junior Miss and Little Miss.
Trying Out at the Pageants
My pageant audition to be Little Miss Shady Brook Park was held at the picnic shelter on the other side of the creek. Each girl was asked to sing a song, and present themselves with good manners and posture. I stood proudly on top of the picnic table wearing my blue pinafore and a nice blouse, and saddle shoes on my feet. I sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.
“Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks, I don’t care if I never go back for it’s root, root, root for the home team, if they don’t win it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes your out at the old ball game. WE WON!“
The judges watched me swing my arms with the song, putting up one finger at a time to show the three strikes. I maintained my posture, but it just wasn’t enough for me to win. Although I was excited to try out, I wasn’t heartbroken. For the winner would have to wear a dress in the upcoming parade, and dresses really weren’t my favorite thing to wear. And during those earlier years, it wouldn’t have been permissible for a princess to show up wearing boys’ clothes.
The Pageants of the Future
Now is a new time – where one size fits all, that is, anyone is able to try out. It doesn’t have to be just a girl or just a boy. With each year, we’re learning more and more about the gender spectrum. And it’s good to give everyone a chance or opportunity to try out. It’s surely not for everyone, but those who want to give it a try, certainly have that chance.