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Saturday, May 31, 2008

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A young girl finds joy in competing in beauty pageants, but lately, she is starting to have her doubts about it.

My name is Katherine Suzanne McComb.  I am 10 years old, and I live in Sausolito, California, with my parents and little brother, Morgan David.

I also have a cat, a Russian Blue/Maine Coon mix, named "Squibb".

I am in the fifth grade at Sausolito Elementary, and I love school.  I score very good grades; my parents are very proud of me.

I love to do many things, but my favorite thing of all is competing.  (Or it used to, of which I'll share the reasons why later.)  I compete in beauty pageants, something I've done all my life.  Now, I realize that this isn't for everybody, but I enjoy meeting other kids my age, and it  helps me to become more confident in life, and it's helped my singing/dancing a lot.

One of the biggest wishes I have is to become a well known singer/actress.  I think my experience in beauty pageants or talent competitions will be the perfect springboard to jumpstart my career.

I have met many exciting people in music/television, and I enjoy the excitement/drama that competing brings to me.  Now, sometimes the kids can get mighty stuck up, but I'm not that way; I'm just a very happy, well-adjusted kid who knows what she wants out of life.

While weekends are reserved for pageants or church, during the weekdays, I'm just your basic, normal, everyday kid.  That is, I go to school, I have chores I have to do without fail, roughhouse with my brother (when we're not arguing that is; he can drive me crazy sometimes!), and spoil my adorable kitty.  I love weekdays the best, because I don't have the pressure of competing hanging over me.

I can be myself, enjoy life.

Now, mama has this fancy notion of me being the next Miss America or something.  This is why I'm in pageants.  It's okay, but at times it gets boring, and this is when I wish the stage could open up, swallow me whole, or be transported back home, where I can sleep in, do my own thing.  That's probably the worst thing about pageants, besides all the practicing I have to do (an hour each day), or the preparation it takes to get ready for my few minutes on stage.

I also don't like looking like a little adult.  All that excess makeup makes me break out, and all that excess hairspray makes my head feel like it's crawling with bugs.  UGH!!  I'd rather go au natural, without makeup, look more like the little girl I am, instead of looking like a fancy mini Britney Spears or something.  That's not me.

I am trying to summon up the courage, tell mama I don't want to do this, the pageant thing, anymore.  I've been doing it since I was really little, and I am getting bored with it.  I want to be a normal kid; suddenly competing doesn't seem so fun anymore. 

Is it too much to ask for me to have a normal kid's life?  Because my life is anything but normal, and I HATE it at times!

Well, I'll be writing in here soon.  I would like to write more about myself, share my story, with others.  You haven't heard the last from me!  Take care and God bless!

~Love, your new friend in California, Katherine Suzanne McComb, aged 10.


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Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 6/3/2008
Enjoyed this, and appreciate your efforts to bring this type of situation to the readers, Karen
Cheers - your friend in Texas too :o) ~ Micke
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 6/1/2008
Hope she will tell her mom how she feels. You have pointed out a subject which must happen to many children in similar circumstances........M
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 6/1/2008
God protect the children from a soccer mommy or a baseball father and let them grow naturally, not pushed into none of their dreams.

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/31/2008
Those are some great goals for a fifth grader. Nice story, Karen.
Reviewed by Michael Guy 5/31/2008
This has a great message: that kids should be allowed to be kids and not forced into competing for parent's ambitions. You have penned a much needed message and I hope this one gets promoted. Anyway, I suppose most of it is harmless, but perhaps parents should think more of how short childhood is.
PS: I love your "animated kitty" a very attractive setting for this one, you are really good with the internet pages...
Later, michael
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/31/2008
Karen some children are forced to grow up far to soon, because of the way the world perceives beauty, but Childhood is fleeting I say let them map there own path, all we need to do is light the candle that guides the way...
God Bless
Reviewed by Bonnie May 5/31/2008
Wonderful write Karen, children have their own paths ands parents should only guide them. Well done my friend. Love and hugs, Bonnie
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/31/2008

An excellent write - parents should not force their failed dreams onto their children - well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/31/2008
I can be myself, enjoy life.

And at age 10, that's exactly what every child should be doing. The stress of adult life will arrive soon enough. And give Squibb a big hug for me!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/31/2008
Thank you for speaking out for these kids who's parents want to live their lifes for their own feeling of importance. whether they be beauty pagent moms, hockey Dads, or acting parrnts.


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