Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fifth Grade

Again, I don't remember much from fifth grade specifically. I remember that I had Mrs. Guinn for Science and we loved the fact that she often got us out of our seats for experiments. On the first day of her class we took our pulse sitting down then got up and jogged in place for two minutes and took our pulse again. We thought this was VERY cool. 
This was the year that, after chasing my brother under the bleachers, I came to my mom with my hands on my cheeks and said, "I think I bumped my head." I had blood running down my hands. I had stood up and bumped into something under the bleachers. Twelve stitches and a bald patch later, I was all better. I remember my teachers telling me not to scratch my head while it healed.
During those elementary school years, my mom encouraged me to enter beauty pageants. The romantic side of me loved getting dressed up in a beautiful dress and the competitive side of me, well, you know, loved to compete. 

The above picture is actually from sixth grade when I won "Little Miss Spring." If my memory serves me correctly, I usually came in third. I won one other time when I wore a Christmas dress that my mom made for me. I think I was around 9, and I've saved that dress for my little girls to wear. It is red velvet with a smocked collar.
Some may disagree, but looking back, I really applaud my mom for encouraging the beauty pageants. It gave me confidence on stage, poise, and the ability to win and lose well. It was a nice outlet (in a small town) for a girl who loved to dream of being a princess. And it was something fun that my mom and I did together because she was always the one who shopped for the dresses with me and helped me get ready. I have lots of great backstage memories of those pageants.

This post is in conjunction with a history-recording summer-long party over atMommy's Piggy Tales. We're writing about one memory from a particular year of our lives each Thursday until September 16. Here is my walk down memory lane so far:
Second Grade: Wendy and Me
Third Grade: I'll Never Cheat Again
Fourth Grade: SURE Thing
Memory lane is definitely a place I love that brings me great joy!


  1. You remember way more than I do. I moved that year. And I'm so glad it's behind me. Haha. You were such a cute little miss spring. I was actually Lil Miss Rosebud in 5th grade.

  2. So fun!! I have a friend who did Beauty Pageants! She really enjoyed it!!

  3. My daughter saw and your picture and said...that looks like Cinderella's dress!

  4. How fun! I wish my mom had put me in beauty pageants, but she never did though I remember constantly getting those papers in the mail for Miss Teen (or preteen) USA. I loved the dresses, actually in Jr High and High school I HAD to get a new dress for each occassion/dance. What a closet full of dresses I had! Though in High school I had to purchase them myself!

  5. how darling is that outfit of you in a pagent.. Not like those crazy toddlers in tiaras... I was in a pageant... in college... Love the picture.

  6. I really wanted to be a cheerleader but my mom poo-poo the idea as too girly. My family focused on sports and being strong. Girls didn't stand a chance. Looking back, not trying out for cheerleading is one of my biggest regrets from high school. But it's made me really be mindful of encouraging my daughters to be girls and not just one of the boys.

  7. I like your perspective on pageants. Your experience sounds very positive.

    Another head injury!? oh my! ")