My Mother Rosalee Glass Won ” Miss Congeniality” in the Ms. Senior California Pageant- Lesson Learned

Today July 21  is my Birthday! Four days go I received the best gift. My mother Rosalee Glass won “Miss Congeniality” in the Miss Senior California Pageant . While I always thought she was extraordinary with a vivacious and loving personality, to have others recognize this as well is exciting and reaffirming.No doubt  her body language and  communication skills contributed to her win. I want to share with you some of the highlights of her experience at the pageant because I think there is a lot we can learn from her .

This photo was taken right before she was interviewed by six judges. She was confident and ready to take on  any question. She showed no fear and as you can see below she does not take herself   seriously. She has fun.

Apparently she cracked all the judges up when they asked her  the following question: “Of all the people in the world, who would you like to have dinner with?” Most people would say  Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, The Pope, Nelson Mandella or some other world leader.  Not Rosalee.  She immediately replied. “Matt Damon”

She was quick to make friends with everyone in the pageant . As you can see by  their  body language  Rosalee and her fellow contestant got pretty chummy and remained that way throughout the pageant and are now dear friends.

She even made fast friends with one of the contestants ten year old niece who helped Rosalee with her makeup.

Then it was time for all the contestants to have their individual pageant photos taken. With her hands at her sides and shoulders back she looks very self confident.

Here you can see her  spontaneous warmth and friendliness which she shared with everyone.

Here she is holding her own with some of her fellow contestants and other beauty queens.

Here she  received her official Ms. Senior California contestant pin. She is thrilled to be a part of everything as you can see from her bright smile.

Here is where she does her solo dance routine at the beginning of the pageant. She had no fear even though she never danced in public before.

Now she shares her Philosophy of Life  which is to be compassionate towards others, to greet others with a smile, to have a positive attitude towards others  and to always think what to next.

Then it was time for the talent section. She sang “God Bless America” and received a resounding applause from the audience. She was humbled as you can see from her body language.

While almost all of the contestants were a bit nervous to find out whether or not they would be winners, Rosalee was relaxed. Her body language said that she was having a great time and was just happy to be there.

Here is a shocked and surprised Rosalee when she heard her name called “for ” Miss Congeniality.” She had no idea she would win.

Here she is with her  Miss Congeniality trophy. She is beginning to digest that she has been chosen for this very special award,

And here she is Miss Congeniality of 2011 of the Ms. Senior California Pageant

So many people came up to congratulate her after the pageant including Ms. Senior America and her husband.

And our dearest friends Joyce and Bill Sharman of the Los Angeles Lakers  came to support her and shared their love. Seeing how much love people showed  Rosalee and hearing them say how she inspired them, touched my heart . The lesson learned from Rosalee is that when you radiate unconditional  love towards others, you get it back tenfold.

I am so proud of her and I am honored and truly blessed  to share her genes.  This Birthday means the most to me. To have a mother who is Miss Congeniality teaches me to be more congenial and reminds me to be more compassionate.