Thursday, January 30, 2014

17 days.

I cannot believe that in 17 short days, I will be passing on the crown box (I get to keep everything else) to a new Miss Solano. Whoever she is, I hope that she enjoys this year as much as I did.

I hope that she will try on her crown before she goes to sleep every night from February 16th until it finally feels real.

I hope she gets a rush when her name finally appears on the contestant drawing for her spot in lineup.

I hope that she has butterflies in her tummy all the way to the Fresno Radisson.

I hope that she loves the smell of the Radisson and soaks up how it feels to FINALLY be there.

I hope she overpacks to Miss California, but feels prepared. I hope she accepts any mistakes she makes at state, and accepts any fate God gives her, whether it be competing in swimsuit in the top 15, or eating pie backstage.

I hope she is proud of her performances, proud of herself, proud of her strength and determination to get through some of the best and hardest 10 days of her life.

Just like I did.

Every minute of this year was worth it. It wasn't easy at times, but I would not change it for the world. I accomplished a dream or two or ten in the past year and for that I will always be grateful. Although I am still learning who my real friends are through this process, I know I have a huge support system and am so blessed to be given the opportunity to serve as Miss Solano. I am so blessed to be well enough to serve as a Lyme disease awareness advocate. I have the ability to get up out of bed, to walk, to run, to jump, unlike many others who are suffering from Lyme disease and other debilitating illnesses. Thank you, God for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams and not letting me give up.

For 17 more days...
Angela Laird
Miss Solano 2013

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