Watching the Miss America pageant this weekend I couldn’t help but appreciate the poise and grace the contestants portrayed. It was amazing how such beautiful women sashayed about on stage in front of hundreds of audience members and millions of viewers, beaming with confidence while appearing so peaceful and light.
As the night began they all cheerfully danced to a choreographed routine in their three inch heels and skinny jeans; very impressive. Later they went on to “strut their stuff” in the bathing suit round, quickly changing into their gowns as they elegantly graced the stage for the formal wear round. Having only three minutes to spare, they were then expected to change into their outfits to perform for the talent portion, all the while maintaining composure and a smile! I have to hand it to them… I think I would have tripped the second I walked out of the dressing room and that’s even before putting on the heels!
Just as stunning as these women are, so are we as mothers. Motherhood is a beautiful thing. Sure most days I spend more time getting my children ready than I do myself, there was even a day I went to the store in my pajama pants without realizing it until I got home, but there is something about a mother that is just plain beautiful. Whether it’s her selflessness as she seamlessly puts the needs of everyone else ahead of her own or the way her eyes sparkle as she stares proudly at her children; whatever it is – it’s beautiful.
The unfortunate thing is, when we become mothers we often look in the mirror and all we see are the dark circles under our eyes or the stretch marks that so adamantly will not fade from our body. At some point we stop feeling beautiful when reality is – motherhood is the most exquisite trait of all!
I’m sure as lovely as Miss America is; if she were to look in a mirror the moment she receives the crown and see the mascara collecting around her eyes with rivers of black streaming down her face, she might get a little critical on herself too. So go easy on yourself– becoming a mother is the crowning moment in your life, things can just be a little messy at first!