A girl dreams all of her life about that special day. A day when every eye is upon her as all of her fantasies come true.
But dreams don’t always come true. Some girls are left on the sidelines; the day never arrives. What about them? Can you imagine the pain?
I can. Because I’m living it.
That is exactly what I experience by not winning Paul’s caption contest at The Good Greatsby. Time and again I’ve tried. I get to the finals – I’m in the running, but the cute, thin, popular kids swoop in and I’m out in the cold again.
“Dear Lord,” I cry to the heavens, “Am I destined to always be the caption contest bridesmaid; never a bride?”
Well, I did win that one time, but that barely counts. Continuing the wedding analogy, who hasn’t been married at least once? I mean, in the immoral words of Madonna, being married only once nowadays is the same as being “Like A Virgin.”
All the finalists are qualified. Their material is sound. That’s not the issue. It’s like I told Darla over at She’s A Maineiac, I don’t do this for glory or wealth. I see it as a chance to finally exorcise the demons of my past. The contest winner will gain the ability to see through walls. Ever since I was a little girl, lying in my bed because of having polio and no arms, I wished and wished that I could see what was going on with the rest of the family in the living room.
It’s not as if I expected her to throw the contest or anything because of my painful childhood – perish the thought! I guess I just expected a little compassion for someone who may or may not be trapped in an iron lung machine. But that’s just me.
So if you want to vote for one of the other choices, like Ms. Mainiac, please feel free. It should have no bearing on your decision that she has a precious little monkey named Mr. Skittles that she keeps locked up in her parents’ dark, dank, spider-infested dungeon of a basement, and she only feeds him if she gets a coupon for Jalapeno Cheddar Pringles. If I’m lyin’ I’m dyin’ – she told me so herself!
All I ask is that you go over to The Good Greatsby’s caption contest http://thegoodgreatsby.com/caption-contest-october-2/ and vote your conscience.
Oh, and if you want to check out the rest of Greatsby’s (http://thegoodgreatsby.com/) and Mainiac’s (http://miraclemama.wordpress.com/) blogs while you’re there, along with the other caption finalists, that might be good too. These folks are all pretty freaking funny.