April 29, 2005
Hello My Friends,
Every once in a while something wonderful will happen in your life
and you don’t know whether to share it or not. But by now, you know
ME. I share the good stuff and the bad stuff. So here goes:
A few months ago I was asked to be a judge at a cancer fundraiser in
Lancaster, SC. I love doing causes so I asked them to send me more
information. It seems they were going to have an all male beauty
pageant, which I understand they do every year, but the men were to
dress as WOMEN. The young woman I talked to said that her husband
had won last year and she said, “he was the prettiest woman I’ve
ever seen”. I loved that! So with those words and my active
imagination I said yes. Roe and I will be there!
April 21st arrived and a long black limo pulled up to our little
house on the cul-de-sac. We got in the car having no idea exactly
WHAT we were getting ourselves into. As we drove to the outskirts of
Lancaster the limo driver pulled over and lo and behold I heard a
mighty ROAR. About 20 motorcycles revved up their powerful motors
and before I knew it we were being led into the city of Lancaster
with one of the most impressive motorcades I have ever seen. It was
so overwhelming to me that I burst out crying. NOW these were not
just your run of the mill motorcycles, they were huge Harleys! They
led us to the town high school and then mysteriously disappeared.
WOW! I felt like the President of the United States. I got out of
the car thinking I better give a speech! Ha! Ha!
We were ushered in and immediately taken back stage to await being
led to the judge’s stand. But before we went to our table they asked
us if we would like to meet “the ladies”. I couldn’t wait! We
finally found the cafeteria and there they were, in all their glory!
About 20 of the biggest guys you have ever seen. Complete in
dresses, wigs, high heels, panty hose, & hats. I started to laugh
and I still haven’t stopped. Every time I think of these guys being
such good sports, their wives and girlfriends cheering them on, I
smile. The contest was complete with talent, questions, they were
judged in several categories. To me they were all winners! I don’t
know HOW they finally choose just 3 and then 1 because I gave
everyone high marks in everything! Ha! Ha! I was chosen to place the
crown on the head of the 6 foot something queen and to place the
sash around her-his??? neck. That in itself was a funny sight!
I thought it was over when all of a sudden I heard a familiar voice
from the past. It was the puppet I did for so many years singing,
then to my utter shock out walked Susie Moppett on to the stage.
What happened next was one of the nicest things that has ever
happened to me in my entire life. Susie began to read from a
beautifully framed document that she held in her hand. It talked
about my life etc. and it ended this way:
therefore I, Joe M. Shaw, Mayor of the City of Lancaster, South
Carolina do hereby proclaim April 21, 2005 as Tammy Faye Messner
It held the city
seal and was signed by Mayor Shaw. I was totally overwhelmed with
emotion. No one has ever done anything like that for me and to make
it even more special it was my Mother’s Birthday. I looked up to
Heaven and said, “Mom, this is for both of us”!
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