always expect the unexpected. That way when evil shit happens it won't be such a big surprise.
Now I understand why my youngest daughter, the one who stood off the entire day care staff refusing to get off the bus because,as she said, "I don't wanna," ripped off the heads of all her barbies.
Oh well if speech writing doesn't work out for her then there's always room for one more porn star. You think?
But she won, right?
A couple months after giving her embarrassingly awful answer in the beauty pageant, that young woman was on a daytime talk show for women. My wife was watching it and I happened to come in the room.Miss S.C. didn't make a lot of excuses, just saying she thought the tension of getting ready and appearing in the pageant got to her, and she drew a blank. But she knew she had to carry on and give an answer. She was as poised and gracious as anyone could be in admitting her response was terrible babbling.She went on to say something about how when you try for something like competing in a pageant, there's always the chance it won't go well. But she hoped all the making fun of her and criticism she got wouldn't cause other young women to shy away from trying for something they believed to be worthwhile.Miss S.C. said sometimes you try for something and it goes badly, but you can't let that defeat you or define you. You learn from it and move on, which was what she was doing.The audience gave her a well-deserved round of applause. With poise, humility and good sense, she said exactly what she needed to say. I came away impressed. That young lady isn't going to step into Hillary Clinton or Madeleine Albright's shoes anytime soon, but she's no dummy. She's also no Palin, claiming she was set up, shifting the blame and that kind of thing.Everyone puts his/her foot in their mouth sooner or later. I hope the next time I do it that I can come back from it as gracefully as Miss S.C. did.
If you'll go here and read the paragraph "Signs and symptoms," you'll learn about what most likely was going on with Miss S.C. when she began looking lost and spouting nonsense. It's something all E.R. docs and general practitioners are very familiar with.
ya know.... SW makes great points. And I do understand. It just reminded me so much of Sarah Palin.I was a college debater and participated in forensics and theater as well.... I remember all too well stage fright. One extemporaneous speech I had to prepare...(three minutes to prepare a five minute speech) I received the topic "farm subsidies" Of which I knew nothing.... I told jokes for five minutes and admitted I knew nothing of the subject.Public speaking is not for everyone. I didn't mean to belittle the kis, SW, and if she turned it into a positive, fantastic..... that's what mistakes are for!!
Five minutes on farm subsidies with only three minutes to "prepare"? That would be tough even if you were halfway familiar with the topic.But not a tough as: "Describe the universe in 500 words or less. Be specific. Give three examples." :)
SW... and you should have caught the first play I had the lead in in college, Captain Boyle, "Juno and the Paycock", I was sweating so profusely that they had to tape, ah, feminine hygiene products under my pits!
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