Mission Amy KR Beauty Contest: Top 10 Finalists
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STATE of Arrival. (It's a thing!) SUIT: my favorite pair of pajamas - blue plaid pants, and my Library Spirit shirt. SPECIAL TALENT: is imagining. SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: the day a few weeks ago when five male friends of mine held their hands over my head so my new dress wouldn't be ruined by the rain.
STATE: Balancing. it is the start of the new month so I am reconciling everyone's accounts SUIT: Hearts, it is red (my favorite color), represents games (favorite hobby), and it means love (who doesn't love love) SPECIAL TALENT: I can enter numbers really quickly using my keyboard which came in handy when my son had to enter lots of numbers for his bio lab (yeah, I helped him, couldn't resist saving him the time). Also, I have been told I make a mean PBJ. SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: When my boys come home on a Saturday night and want to end the evening with all of us on the couch watching one of our shows together. Nothing is more beautiful to me then all of us coming back together after our nights out.
STATE: of fearlessness! SUIT: Birthday suit because I am embracing all of me...the great, the okay and the not so cute. SPECIAL TALENT: seeing the glass as always full SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: I live in Los Angeles where it rarely rains, but a couple of days ago it sprinkled for maybe 15 minutes and a bright, beautiful rainbow appeared right over my house.
STATE: muffled excitement. SUIT: A costume suits me best because I'm so often wearing my workweek mask. SPECIAL TALENT: using my toes to pick up almost anything that drops to the floor.SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: when I was in NYC this summer, I saw a homeless woman give a stranger change so he could get on the subway.
STATE: of Serenity SUIT: what suits me best is my yellow dress. It's like wearing sunshine :) SPECIAL TALENT: I'm pretty good at making things out of pipe cleaners, like people and animals. SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: is finding connections with people you never thought you'd have anything in common with. May I tell you a story? Right after college, I got a job working at a men's homeless shelter. One day, when I had only been there for a couple months, I was given the responsibility of accompanying three of the shelter guests to a homeless awareness event at a local high school where they were going to be speaking. It was a bit awkward at first because I hardly knew the three of them and they hardly knew me. Plus, I was a 20-something year old white girl from the Midwest and they were 45-60 year old black men who had spent the majority of their lives battling drug addictions and living on the streets. What could we possible have in common? As we sat in a room in uncomfortable silence waiting for the event to begin, one of the men said something about me being their "chaperone" to make sure they kept out of trouble. We all looked at each other and then burst out laughing. That ridiculous image of a timid little midwestern girl 'chaperoning' this group of independent men, all over twice my age completely broke the tension. Soon the four of us were chatting and swapping jokes like old friends. It taught me that we are all much more similar than we are different and that if you make an honest effort, you can connect with pretty much anyone. It's the most beautiful lesson I've ever learned.
STATE: Catatonic (because I didn't get enough sleep last night) SUIT: the "Well Suit" because everyone is always telling me "That suits you well." SPECIAL TALENT: absurdly accurate monkey imitation. Either that or my talent of beating anybody in a pickle juice drinking contest. Sometimes my talents have been used at the same event! : ) SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: when a child falls asleep laying on you. The amount of trust and love they feel for you that they can be completely vulnerable in your lap, knowing full well you will guard them and love them and sing to them. I've really never felt more close to a human being than when I have snuggled my children while they slept in my lap.
STATE: I am in a state of depression because it feels as if I have lost the safe harbor of a friendship I once depended on. SUIT: A pair of straight leg (they call them skinny these days) jeans, black Frank Turner t-shirt, a pair of Chucks, today it would probably be my black high top Chucks. On a better day I would choose the red or purple Chucks and a matching gauze scarf. SPECIAL TALENT: I have a keen ability to cut through the shit, distill most anything down to its essence. SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: Music can transform my soul
STATE: of Serendipity. SUIT: I tend to be a trickster so I guess I'm gonna be a Joker and avoid the other suits. SPECIAL TALENT: I never have to measure anything but it always fits. My brain apparently can see things (like a sofa) and know without measuring it or the space it is going into that it will fit. This talent annoys my scientist husband who feels that it defies known reality..and it makes him crazy that I am always right! SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: My son's scar is beautiful..it is at the base of his spine and represents how lucky he is and we are that we have such wonderful doctors, surgeons and other healthcare professionals to get us through such a scary time. That scar represents his courage and strength and what I hope is a future of health and joy.
STATE: of content. SUITE: Bathing suit because I love nothing more than the wind, the sun, and the ocean SPECIAL TALENT: I can put an oreo on my eye move it down and flip it off my nose and into my mouth without using my hands. SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: there is nothing more beautiful than watching a simple friendship turn into true love
STATE: of Pondering - questioning our country, economics, character, my new roles in the sandwich generation between Alzheimer's and Developmental Delays, goodness and can we teach it, etc. SUIT: coat of many colors - i.e. the many roles I play in my life right now. SPECIAL TALENT: as a chameleon - I am told that I slip right into a person's skin ( voice, inflection, body movements) without knowing it when I am telling a story about them or a conversation that we have had. People will stop me mid-sentence and say, "you totally become him/her. SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: my developmentally challenged daughter's take on life and people. She has so much trust and hope in us. Whenever someone does something mean to her or someone else , she says "you know mom, they just haven't learned yet how to do it differently. They will. " Ah, the lessons she could share with the world!
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