Finalists in what, you ask?
According to long ago records recently unearthed, these young women fought for recognition by standing in front of large crowds in long fancy dresses. They paraded up and down in front of an audience of their peers …. and their peers’ parents … competing in poise, talent, and who wore their smiles the best.
I knew one of these girls. She disliked the contest enormously, but she honored her parents by being selected as a finalist. Her smile was more grimace than grin. But if she was a winner, the money she’d receive could help in her goal to attend college, to write the stories in her head, to succeed in words, not womanly ways.
Now, it’s a different time, a different place, and this woman’s wishes to be a finalist in words are finally fulfilled.
Her illustrated children’s book, Birds of Paradise, is an award-winning FINALIST! The story was written from her heart and accomplished thanks to the dedication and smiley can-do attitude of her coterie of talented, supportive colleagues.
No long dresses required.
The poise of her pen on paper created Bert and Bessie, two wayward, lonely birds who find friendship and hope by believing in the value of each other.
As Bessie would say – WHOOPEE!