~“Sitting with Mary”~

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:50 AM.

It was a Saturday in mid-December and I had promised my son that I would take him to audition for one of these talent shows they televise. He enjoys singing or talking or whatever you call what he does. As his father and only having knowledge of tear-jerking and tractor cranking country music, my opinion is that he is pretty good.

The auditions for “America’s Got Talent” were held in various cities across the country and one just happened to be within a short driving distance for us.

We got to the hotel hosting the auditions about 30 minutes after they started lining folks up. The line was intimidating, wrapped around the building and up the block.

We found the end of the line and were given a number and waited.

Some of the folks around us seemed to have brought their entourage with them. There would be a large group of adults shielding a little girl dressed in either her Sunday best or like one of those little girls in “Toddlers & Tiaras.” I’ve never understood putting that much lipstick and “war paint” on a little girl, but that is their business.

There were dancers, magicians, poets, baton twirlers, hula hoopers and all kinds of other folks whose “talent” could not be easily recognized.

The television show does give some advice for those who wish to audition. They note you should be original, not be boring, be fearless and stand out from the crowd. If you were to take most any of these folks and put them in a normal crowd of people, I assure you – they would stand out.

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