This writer has read that the Mrs. International pageant emphasizes family values. This writer applauds that emphasis, and she would like to see it mold the nature of the talents displayed by the contestants. Her suggestion would not relate to the talent aspect of any international pageant. It would have relevance to only one type of contest, a contest in which all of the entrants were mothers.
At this point the reader might assume that the writer is about to suggest an exhibition of cooking talents. Such talents would indeed be appropriate in an international pageant. The exhibition of such talents would allow the audience to become familiar with all sorts of foreign dishes. Such talents are not, however, the sort of talents on which this writer has based her suggestion.
This writer has chosen to suggest a modification of a talent exhibited during one Miss America pageant. That did not represent what might be labeled as a typical talent presentation for that particular pageant. Instead it exhibited a talent that seemed well-suited for display in an international pageant.
During one Miss America competition, one of the contestants put on a fashion show. All of the clothes that she modeled were clothes that she herself had made. She wanted to demonstrate her sewing talents. In a family-focused competition, a mother might want to display her talent for reaching out to her family.
This writer would like to suggest one way for a mother to demonstrate her ability to reach out to her family. This writer would expect a mother with that ability to search for the right sort of books for each of her children. For the smallest children she might want books with baby-words or books with pictures of various body parts. Such a mother might also search for books that contained pictures of various baby animals.
For older children, the mother might arrive at ways in which to enliven the story in a children’s book. She might have the ability to encourage children to perform a small skit during the reading of a children’s story. The discovery of appropriate children’s books, and the ability to enliven the stories in those books would definitely be a talent. It might be the sort of talent that a mother would want to display at an international pageant.
A mother might even want to display how to enliven what seemed like a rather dry non-fiction science book. A competing mother might want to perform some hand’s-on science experiments that could complement the science-based text. The display of such experiments would no doubt add a truly unique act to any international pageant. Perhaps the display of such experiments would help the competing mother to become one of the finalists in that same pageant.