from Wendy Lyn Watson's "A Parfait Murder"
I don't care what anyone says: looks matter.
I've been trying to convince my husband Mike of this for years. He's a reporter for the Dalliance News-Letter, been working for the paper for almost 20 years. He should be the editor by now, but his career has stalled. Every time an opportunity passes him by, he makes an excuse. But I know that he'll never move up unless he starts dressing a little better. Gets the right haircut. The right car.
Mike doesn't get it. He says he just isn't a suit-and-tie kind of guy. But he could be. Why doesn't he see that?
I don't harbor any illusions that I'm beautiful. My Aunt Lenore--who was the third-runner-up in the Miss Texas pageant--always said I'm a "handsome woman." Not beautiful. But I do the best with what I've got. I dress smartly, I keep my hair done, and I never leave the house without lipstick, earrings, and mascara. Ever.
My daughter Danielle, though, isn't just handsome. She looks like Aunt Lenore.
By golly, I'm not about to let her squander that gift. She's been taking tap dancing lessons since she could walk, and she's been in the Dalliance High flag corps for two years now. (The cheerleaders are more popular, but their outfits are just too skimpy. I didn't get to be head of the League of Methodist Ladies by having lax morals.)
Next year, we're making our big move: Dani's going to make her mark in the pageant circuit. Oh, she did a few local pageants when she was younger. Not those glitz pageants where the girls shake their behinds like little tramps ... the natural beauty pageants. This summer, she'll compete in the Lantana Round-Up Rodeo Queen pageant. Winning--and she will win--will set the stage for Homecoming Queen in the fall and for a series of state and national pageants during her senior year.
Dani's a beautiful girl, and I've taught her the importance of keeping up appearances. She's going to be someone. I'm going to make sure of it.
What do you think? Does image matter? Have you ever entered a pageant? Was it a good experience?