First Place! #yourbestday

Raina

 

Calendars.com Team Member Raina tells the story of her best day. Sounds like someone was on her way to stardom!

“When I was 12, my life revolved around music. It still does to some extent, but at 12 years old, I had my sights set on singing and playing piano every spare moment I had. My music teacher at that time encouraged me to enter my first ever public talent show. This was not just a school performance or recital; this was singing for people who would be watching of their own free will! The idea alone was both thrilling and terrifying.

My mom took me on a school night to perform at the Montgomery County Fair Talent Show. Disney’s The Little Mermaid had come out the year before, and the song “Part of your World” was one of my favorites. That was my pick, and even though I knew the song backwards and forwards, I was incredibly nervous.

I can’t even remember what number I was in the list of 20+ performers, but I remember it was kind of early in the show. My name was called; I walked up to the stage. My teacher was there to play the piano for my song, which was comforting. I honestly don’t even remember my performance, just that I was happy with it. I do remember looking into the audience at all the people. I finished, they clapped, and I rejoined my mom in the audience. She told me I was fantastic, and she was beaming!

We sat in the audience and watched as, one by one, performers came and went. I was completely surprised how many people were competing and by the variety and skill of the talents I saw. Of course there were other singers, but there was also a fiddle player, clog dancers, comedians, jugglers, guitarists, and other talents I’m sure I’ve forgotten. Most of the performers were adults who I thought were far more talented than me. I was ok with that, though. I didn’t really sign up for the competition; I signed up for the experience.

There are a lot of details I forget about that night, but I do remember that I was hungry. It was nearing 9 o’clock at night, and I had not had dinner. My mom gave me money to go grab a hot dog at a stand nearby. She ushered me to hurry up, as it seemed the show was drawing to a close. It was almost like she jinxed me, because I was still buying my hot dog when they began to announce 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place.

I could see the stage. My heart started pounding. I guess hunger outweighs patience when you’re 12, because I remember not stopping with my order despite my attention being fixed on the stage. Third place was announced as I was putting the ketchup on my hotdog. It wasn’t me. I was disappointed because I thought third place would be my best chance at a trophy, but a tiny part of me thought I might still have a chance at second place. I actually waited to take a bite of that hot dog despite the smell being right under my nose and my stomach growling. I was just hoping, waiting with anticipation, frozen in place at the back of the audience for the second place announcement, dinner in hand.

Someone else’s name was called. My heart sank. With my frozen state of anticipation broken, I rushed though the audience to rejoin my mom, and you’d better believe I shoved a good part of that hot dog in my mouth when I sat down. I might as well eat; first place was just not going to happen.

First place. I was barely paying attention and not even looking at the stage when they called my name. I was stunned, frozen in place again, and my mouth was full! I think my mom actually had to tell me to go up to the stage. I was still dazed as I gulped down the food in my mouth and took my place on the stage and received my trophy. First Place. I won first place!

I think the smile stuck on my face for weeks; I’m even smiling now thinking about it! It was truly one of my very best days.”

-Raina, Calendars.com, 2 years

 

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