She didn’t call back that day, or the next, or even that week. The hubby and I honestly thought she wasn’t going to show up because she’d done this so many time before. So we carried on our business as usual and helped Mariah plan for the pageant.
Sure enough she bought her plane tickets, but even that was cluster. I explained to her that if she was going to fly in and we’d have to pick her up from the airport, she would have to come in the day before the pageant preparations started. And yet, she planned on flying in on a day and time that Mariah was required for rehearsals. She could save $40 if she did it that way but her $40 savings was not my priority. My daughter was.
I finally put my foot down and refused to leave my daughter. Told her to find another flight or find her own way to the pageant. She did.
While the state pageant went smoothly that weekend, my stepmom’s involvement didn’t. We had a tight schedule for all competitions and rehearsals and yet she kept disappearing. Finally, we stopped caring where she was and what she was doing because it was too much. She would either find her way or she wouldn’t. The night before Mariah’s runway competition we were helping her prepare. We had a drink to relieve the stress of the day while my stepmom took some Ambien to help her relax.
While we tried to forget the events of the night before, we celebrated Mariah’s titles after the pageant was over. We talked about thanking everyone who sponsored her and helped in her pageant with photos that were taken that day. Stepmom insisted on purchasing the pageant photos and said she would do so after she returned home. We told her we’d wait for them before sending anything out. She said she was excited for the national pageant and was gong to help with everything. She couldn’t wait to get home to get started. She even rattled off a list of people she was going to contact.
That was four months ago. We still don’t have those pictures. We haven’t talked in months. Mariah won’t be competing in the National pageant on Sunday but will be waiting until June for the Queen’s title.
This story isn’t over….