The Miss Teen Extraordinaire Pageant is one of my favorite nights of the whole year.
The past two years, I’ve had the opportunity of helping with hair and makeup. I get to help girls who are happy with honestly whatever they wear, who are so thrilled with all the makeup that they want lipstick as eye shadow, who hand out compliments to each other like candy. There is so much sweetness, and so much sass. I am beyond grateful to my Aunt Sheral for involving me. I’m also so happy I got to share it with McCall this year. I knew she would understand it, and feel it, too.
We shared this really cool moment during the first minutes of a girl’s talent. She was onstage, nervous and beaming, and I was totally overcome by love and admiration for her. I said, “Can you imagine how happy this makes her?” This peaceful, pressing joy just washed over us. We were both bawling and grinning like idiots for the remainder of the night.
We got to see the most beautiful girls with Down Syndrome rock dance numbers and Taylor Swift lyrics, and girls with Autism absolutely own the stage. We laughed, and cried, and made new friends who inspire me more than I know how to say.
These girls truly know how to give, how to love, how to be in the moment, to be themselves, and to share that with others.
ALL pageants should be special needs pageants.
Also, they should pass out tissues with programs. These kids make me happy. Plain and simple. We are so lucky to have spirits this strong, this vibrant, in our lives. They deeply deserve to be celebrated.
Last year, I left the pageant thinking, someone needs to do this in Kaysville. But obviously not me. I’m not Miss Kaysville, Miss Davis County, or Miss-anything to be able to make that happen. I mean. Sometimes I miss a button doing my shirts up in the morning, let’s be real. :/ But this year, as it approached, the stronger and stronger the feeling got for me that Davis County needed a pageant like this. It’s weird to be in parallel situations in life and happen upon the change in yourself. A year later, whether because of China, because of new influences in my life, because of timing, because of all of it, I am going to make this happen. I know firsthand that nothing qualifies someone more than a genuine love for people, and a desire to do the task at hand.
I am so excited to see how this turns out. I feel extremely humbled and thankful for the help I am already receiving. Let’s do this thing!