I get such a kick out of watching Alana, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, the six year old star of TLC’s hit reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and Little Miss beauty pageant participant on”Toddlers & Tiaras.”
First of all, Alana is an endearing child, and to me, all children are precious, especially as they fumble through their first five or so years of life. They’re typically silly, fiesty, unscensored, unscripted, and unabashadly honest. What’s not to love about this little girl with a southern accent, giant baby blues, chubby cheeks and banana curls who affectionately calls herself “Honey Boo Boo?”
Secondly, I love the simplistic truth of her nickname. What child isn’t sweet as a sleeping kitten one moment, and slippery as a ferret the next? Sweet honey when she’s parading on stage in her pageant pomp, or saying nice things about her “momma” and “cece’s,” and mildly offensive as she cries, “She’s cheating!” as someone other than her mother, father, sisters and herself wins game after game of Bingo.
And oh, how Alana makes me laugh! There are a couple of great scenes in a recent episode that had me in stiches. In one scene, Honey Boo Boo is admiring herself in a hand-held mirror, changing her facial expression every five seconds– delighting in the wrapping, the packaging staring back at her. Fully aware that she is more than the face, the hair, the eyes, the nose, the mouth she sees; fully accepting and appreciating the beautiful, funny, curious body “package” with which she came into this world. If we could only keep that sense of pride, of downright joy about how our bodies look to us as we age! The real fountain of youth may just be found in the amount of time we can hold ourselves in appreciation and awe despite all of our seeming “boo boos,” our seeming flaws–errors in judgement, mistakes, miss-steps, missed opportunities for joy in the little things.
Later on, after having been visited by the current Miss America and claiming “I bet she doesn’t fart!,” Alana tries desperately to maintain some morsel of dignity after the camera catches her in the middle of a very wet sneeze. I am rolling with laughter as Honey Boo Boo covers her nose, waiting, hoping to walk off camera poised and couth, as the camera crew stays fixated on her, adding music in the background, morphing the scene into a current-day Little Rascals episode.
After attempting to literally suck up what she can in her situation, Alana eventually departs from her chair, one hand still covering the middle of her face, and moves off camera, no doubt doing Miss America, and definitely me, proud. You rock in my blog, Honey Boo Boo!