los angeles guest suites

 

pom couscous

pom steak

Miss Easter Bunny

by Amy Ephron
Print Email

easter-bunny.jpg My mother thought organized religion was one of the problems with the world, this extended to the Girl Scouts and the PTA (a somewhat convenient belief for a mother of 4, since you can’t ask someone to go against their beliefs).  She also believed that children shouldn’t be allowed to act.

I have never quite understood how I talked her into letting me enter the Beverly Hills’ Miss Easter Bunny pageant when I was 8 – one of the prizes was a screen-test – but I did.     

I don’t know what I was thinking.  I think I thought it would be fun to ride down Beverly Drive in an old white cadillac with the top down sitting next to the Mayor of Beverly Hills and wave at the throngs of people I imagined would be lining the streets.  I think I thought I was going to win. 

Little did I know, the fix was in. 

My dress was perfect.  Did I sing, No, I think I recited an Emily Dickinson poem.  I don’t remember.  I remember feeling TALL.  And somewhat awkward.  Pretty.  But somewhat awkward. 

And Janie Roberts won.  Janie Roberts, (who may in fact have been a more appropriate Miss Easter Bunny since she was 3’1” to my probably 4’7” even at the age of 8) but Janie Roberts’ mother owned Taffy’s Dress Shop.  And Taffy’s was the sponsor of the Beverly Hills' Miss Easter Bunny Pageant. 

And my mother was indignant.  “You don’t honestly believe that the Miss Easter Bunny Pageant was rigged, do you?” my father asked her.

Yes, of course, that’s exactly what she believed and she turned her nose up certain she was right about it and that organized religion was the problem with everything and organizations (and contests) were better not to be entered. 

 

Comments   

 
0 #3 Carol Dudley 2013-03-27 19:24
I remember your mom so well and thought she was really great - and mine, with six, somehow managed to skip PTA - she wasn't hot for Brownies or Girl Scouts either. Taffys - now there is a memory.
Quote
 
 
+1 #2 fredde 2013-03-27 18:34
What a great story!!!!!!! I LOVE your mom!!! She was so much like my mom, telling me I couldn't become an actress until I could drive myself to auditions!!! JANIE ROBERTS!!!!!! Loved her but don't think she's with us anymore, sadly. The contest was definitely rigged!!!!!
Quote
 
 
0 #1 Carole Bartholomeaux 2008-03-23 17:17
Amy what a lesson to learn at such an early age! I did not learn that 'til I was nominated for the Athena Award. I made it to the top ten and knew that I had performed the requisite charity work; mentored numerous young women and overcome personal tragedy, all required. But the winner was an attorney in a prestigious law firm who only mentored attorneys in her firm, for which she was paid a six figure salary, and who admitted to hiring staff to work on charities in her name while her law firm sponsored the contest. To add injury to insult she took the words from my profile, "I want to thank my father who always told me I could achieve anything if I worked hard enough and believed in myself, and my mother who gave my heart wings..." and used them in her acceptance speech. A priest friend at our table was indignant. So goes big business. I think learning the lesson you learned at eight was better. Although, I don't think either has anything to do with organized religion. ;-)
Quote
 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Restaurant News

One Night in Jerome
Arizona
by Lisa Dinsmore

jerome22.jpgOne of the things I love most about traveling is finding out-of-the-way places to visit. Especially ones that have a cool history to go along with their surroundings. Which is how we found...

Read more...
Bistro du Midi
Boston
by Kitty Kaufman

bistromidiBistro du Midi is all about location. Facing the Public Garden and adjacent to the Four Seasons in Boston, it lives on Boylston Street not where you live, at least not where I live. But it's where...

Read more...
Delicious Authentic Mexican Dishes at La Sandia
Los Angeles
by David Latt

img 1235La Sandia Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar shares the top floor of Santa Monica Place with half a dozen other restaurants, the Food Court and the Market.

You'll recognize La Sandia by the crowded...

Read more...
Huckleberry Cafe
Los Angeles
by Rachel Parker

zoe-nathan-and-josh-loeb.jpg
photo: Joshua Lurie/944.com

With a sensibility learned from fairy tales, one would expect a baker, the conjurer of butter,...

Read more...