I swore I would never do this….I even made a promise to God….. It went something like this: Please let me have a little girl and I promise I’ll never make her do pageants, wear dresses or bows, or cute shiny shoes. I’ll not let her be sassy, bossy, and prissy or any of those other words to describe silly little girls! So now, I must ask for forgiveness. Forgive me for forcing my baby girl into a pageant tomorrow. Forgive me for encouraging her to wave; blow kisses and bat her sweet little eye lashes in order to get the attention of the judges. Forgive me looking around at the other babies and thinking (out loud) that my baby girl is so much prettier than the others. Forgive me not just sending in two photos, like I promised my husband, but slipping the lady at the front office desk an extra $5.00 and a third picture so I can be assured that she would win at least one of the photogenic awards. Forgive me for buying 4 more dresses just to make sure I had the “right one”. Forgive me for threatening to spank her if she gets to the end of the stage and yells “I pooted” to the audience (she does really do that, and often, in public). Forgive me for asking my oldest child to escort her on the stage because he is so handsome and that might just give her extra points with the judges. Please Lord, since I have asked for forgiveness, please just let her win….I would really hate to embarrass the family if she doesn’t…. And, I promise, Lord, I won’t put her into another pageant…..at least until next year.