Join | Login


  Home > Cultures > Stories > Painted Babies: Child Beauty Pageants -- A Mother And Child's Story, #3.
Cultures Stories
1. The Tame Tigers of Thailand
2. An Update: Gabrielo Bustamente, May 2014.
3. Menehunes of Hawaii
4. 'We're Just Like You, Only Prettier. ...'
5. An Update: Naiser Moore, March 2014.
6. Eeka.
7. Which side of the road are you on?
8. Auuniq's Story. (Part Three)
9. The Ronee' Files: Crawfish Festival Time!!
10. Men.
11. Chinese School.
12. The Ronee' Files: Crawfish Festival Time A
13. An Update: Tottie And Bobbo Brighton, Wint
14. Tottie's Journal: Fall 2012.
15. Johnathon's Jottings: May 7, 2012.
16. An Update: Meegin Christina Quigley, Late
17. La nuit la plus froide
18. The X-15's.
19. 'Makes Me Wanna Holla ...': Sticky's Story
20. The Ronee' Files: Laissez Les Bon Temps Ro

Featured Book
Twenty Years in Saudi Arabia (Introduction)
by Barie Fez-Barringten

Today Haifaa Al-Mansour has produced an Oscar nominated film totally made in Saudi Arabai called:"Wadjda. When I originally began writing this book the Kingdom of Saudi ..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Painted Babies: Child Beauty Pageants -- A Mother And Child's Story, #3.!
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado   

Share     Print    Save    Author Tracker

A mother and her daughter who has a learning disability decide to hang up the pageant circuit after another child belittles the daughter in front of an audience.

Image of approaching storm (and anvil crawler lightning) (c) 2009, by Karla Dorman.

This is Jocelyn Jenkins writing.  Sorry for not writing sooner, but it's been a hard few months, culminating with the painful decision to take Elyssa out of the pageant circuit because of the irresponsible behavior of another child towards my daughter.

Back in February, last month, we had gone to Galveston, Texas, for the annual Little Miss Bluebonnet pageant.  It was a wonderful time, but then a fellow competitor ruined it for her by teasing her because she saw that Elyssa had problems reading.  Right before Elyssa was to go on stage to perform, this mean-spirited little girl called her a "retard", which caused my daughter to become so upset she couldn't sing.

I had to pull her out of the pageant and then, dejected, we both went back home to Tyler, where we live.

Elyssa has been in a blue funk ever since.  She sees herself as being "retarded", even though nothing could be further from the truth.  In reality, Elyssa has dyslexia, where she sees numbers or certain letters backwards or in the wrong places, which, in kind, affects her ability to read and write.  This is why she has only recenlty learned how to write her name or some of her numbers or read very simple words: it's just too hard for her.

I have been working with Elyssa on her reading and writing and she HAS been making progress, but then she starts thinking about what the other little girl said and it ruins her concentration; oftentimes we end the sessions with her crying a bucket of tears.  

It's been horrible.  The only thing that saves her is singing or listening to Loretta Lynn on her stereo.

Meanwhile, I'm left with a burning anger that seethes deep within my chest and makes my heart hurt, not only for myself, but mainly for Elyssa.

I only hope that mother of that bad little girl who had insulted Elyssa realizes the ramifications of her actions.  Because of her daughter's bullying, my daughter's pageant career has been scrubbed and is now doubting her self-worth.  If I see to it, I will never put Elyssa into another situation like this ever again.  She has always had such a ssnsitive spirit about her and I don't want to see her getting hurt.

The next step now is to concentrate on her being a normal little girl and try to get her self-confidence back.

~To be continued.~  

Click here to post or read comments.

Recent Short Stories by this author.     All Short Stories by this author
  • An Update: Mule Face, May 2014. (Monday, May 19, 2014)
  • Bonds. (Monday, May 19, 2014)
  • An Update: Pastor Bruce Bilkey, May 2014. (Sunday, May 18, 2014)
  • Oktavius D'Mariel: Special Needs Parenting 101. (Sunday, May 18, 2014)
  • An Update: Gabrielo Bustamente, May 2014. (Saturday, May 17, 2014)
  • An Update: Blondelle Hawkins, May 2014. (Friday, May 16, 2014)
  • Anastaysia Hope: Special Needs Parenting 101. (Friday, May 16, 2014)
  • An Update: Windy Storm Thundercloud, May 2014. (Thursday, May 15, 2014)

  • Walking the World: Memories and Adventures by Alan Cook

    Named one of the Top 10 Walking Memoirs and Tales of Long Walks, by “As Tolkien said, not all who wander are lost. Alan Cook is a walker who is always on the ..  
    Featured BookAds by Silver
    Gold and Platinum Members

    Brussels Ride - photography by Albert Russo by Albert Russo

    The Capital of Europe - Photo book with short poems by Albert Russo, Eric Tessier, in English and in French..  
    Featured BookAds by Silver
    Gold and Platinum Members

    AfricaSoul - photography by Albert Russo and Elena Peters by Albert Russo

    Photo book on Africa (Sénégal and Kenya) - Photos by Albert Russo and Elena Peters, with texts in English and French by Albert Russo, Eric Tessier and Jérémy Fraise..  
    Featured BookAds by Silver
    Gold and Platinum Members

    Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

    Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
    Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

    Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
    © AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.