In the Fall of 1986 I fashioned a fabulous turkey made of pine cones, glue, felt, feathers and glitter. This work of art won first prize for the first grade, and my award-winning turkey and I, along with the other winners from other grades, stood with our creations in front of the adjoining church and were briefly featured on the local PBS evening news. I’m certain that dozens of other Delawareans saw me.
Having had my first television debut at such a young age, you might be surprised to hear that I have not been on TV since then. Imagine my delight then when yesterday I was (sort of) on national TV!
Do you all remember my red dress? I wrote a post in January about how wearing the dress really lifted my spirits, transformed my mood, and made even the most mundane tasks feel fabulous. I later wore the dress to a charity event, and then this summer passed the dress on to another woman in Arkansas who promises to pass it on when she is done feeling fabulous too.
The whole idea of the traveling red dress, the transformations of mood and spirit, and the act of passing it on for someone else to experience it, is from Jenny Lawson, best selling author and hilarious blogger, also known as The Bloggess. Her story isn’t all humor, and in fact the story behind the original red dress centers around her battle with depression. Her willingness to share such a personal struggle, which has helped countless others, and for starting the red dress movement, are just a couple reasons that I am such a big fan of The Bloggess.
I’m just one of millions of followers, and not surprisingly, her good deeds and brilliant idea with the red dress did not go unnoticed. A couple months ago I received an email from Katie Couric’s people regarding an upcoming feature on Jenny Lawson and her Traveling Red Dress. They asked me to submit photos and video of my own red dress experience after seeing my post from last January which would briefly show other women’s experiences with the movement. I was told shortly after that “it was likely that some or all of what I submitted will be appearing on The Katie Couric Show.”
I didn’t share this with all of you though frankly because they hadn’t taped the session and I felt there was a chance I’d be cut…
Yesterday I watched the show, enjoyed the Red Dress segment, but didn’t see my picture listed. It was only after I posted on my personal Facebook that a couple of my friends and family said they had seen me!
I went back, watched the show again, and I’m excited to say that I’ve made my 2nd television appearance!
As soon as I saw myself I exclaimed, “Hey! There I am!” and my kids came running in the room. After pointing out their mother on national TV, my seven year old, Joey, said “Um, Mom, I’m pretty sure that’s not a big deal.”
What the hell does he know anyway?
And I’m pretty sure that it won’t be another 27 years before I’m on TV again. In fact, I should be appearing on another national TV talk show within the next few weeks. Tuesday I went to NYC and was a guest on the Dr. Oz Show!
And, no, it was not a surprise social media intervention …or was it?
I should have an air date to share with you soon, so stay tuned. As far as what the show was about, I’m going to make you wait and find out! It is supposed to be humorous, and I hope the final production comes out that way. I was so nervous I could barely see straight, but I did manage to make it through my segment without burping, farting or falling down. #winning
If you want to learn more about The Traveling Red Dress visit the Facebook page to find available red dresses, pass on a dress, or even find photographers willing to donate time and talent to the cause! In case you’re the only person in America who doesn’t know The Bloggess, check out her website here.
I really hope that you’ll at least see what the Red Dress is all about. I’m currently shopping for my next red dress after having such a positive experience with the first one.