My oldest was crowned "Mr. ______________ High School" tonight, the first Junior in 10 years to snag the award. The contest included a fashion/modeling, costume, talent, dance, fund raising and question competition. My son performed a song he had written the words to and musically composed. His dancing was very good, the costume excellent. I was absolutely blown away when he won as he had told me that the crown would almost certainly go to a Senior. In fact, my son was only one of two Juniors to be in the show of 12 contestants.
My son writes amazing songs, and we considered having him try out for American Idol this past summer. But that plan kind of fell apart when I had to become so involved with selling the house. I told him that performing in this contest would be another way of gaining some exposure.
Unfortunately, this competition fell on the same weekend my son was supposed to go out-of-town for a band trip. His band director was very upset that my son chose to perform in this contest and not go on the trip. Two boys had to pull out of the competition already and he had been told that if he couldn't perform, they were going to cancel the show. My son was raising money for a charity set up for the friend who died this summer and his conscience led him to participate in this show.
This week, all of my son's teachers wished him luck in the show EXCEPT his band director. It will be a sweet victory for my son when he goes to band on Monday having received the crown. Yes, he got an actual plush crown and flowers! I am a proud Mom tonight.
I am thankful:
1. My girlfriend attended the show with me so I did not have to go alone.
2. My son was acknowledged for his amazing talents.
3. My youngest wasn't jealous of his older brother's victory.
4. For the wonderful surprise of my son winning unexpectedly.
5. That renting the Elvis costume paid off last Sunday.