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Beauty Pageant Insanity

August 20, 2012

This morning I have been observing and of course taking photos of our Coral Bells that are blooming. They are pretty and delicate looking. Each little flower makes me think of the innocency of childhood.  I often relate the beauty of flowers to children. It may just be a grandma thing…But observing the soft pinks and whites makes me think of the sweetness of babies and children. This variety is called Cinnabar Silver. The long stem and cluster of tiny, bell-like blooms is striking in appearance to me.

My original thoughts this morning have been on what I consider the exploitation of children on television. It  revolves around child beauty pageants. What may have at one time been based on the fun of a child winning a blue ribbon, has gone way too far. Out of curiosity I have watched the  show which depicts the behaviors of mom’s gone overboard. It’s my opinion..I just want to see children not miss out on childhood fun, like playing with dolls, roller skating, riding bikes, playing board games, painting, coloring, jumping ropes, camping, going to the zoo and being able to observe our world of color and beauty..and having the freedom to bloom in their time, in their own child-like way.

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  1. Michael permalink
    August 20, 2012 1:14 PM

    Roberta, if you haven’t seen it already I’d recommend a film called ‘little miss sunshine’ as an antidote to the circus of the beauty pageant – it starts off a little bit tough but hang on to the end for a brilliantly funny and uplifting ending 🙂

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  2. August 20, 2012 1:57 PM

    So beautiful they are… fascinated me Thank you dear Roberta, love, nia

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  3. August 20, 2012 2:58 PM

    Siempre me han parecido una aberración los concursos de belleza infantiles. Los niños deben crecer sin trabas, en un mundo de niños, no en un mundo de adultos.
    Un abrazo

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  4. August 20, 2012 4:43 PM

    Hey, this is the 21st century. Everything is up for exploitation – Sad isn’t it. I think I heard God in the bathroom puking when you mentioned “child beauty pageant”. And I think you’re right about what children miss out on. Of course living in the inner city where I live – children miss out on a lot of “childhood fun” on a regular basis more because of their parents/guardians than anything else. It would require a real change in hearts and minds to change the behaviors that are so destructive/exploitive. I always feel helpless when I see how adults treat children. I know that change can’t be forced but at the same time I wish I knew what it would take to change peoples hearts and minds.

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  5. August 20, 2012 8:24 PM

    The coral bells looked familiar to me. They are related to the alum roots which we have here. Beautiful little flowers!

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