Thank you to all that played along with me this past week. I’ve already revealed 3 truths.
- In 5th grade I was part of a group of kids that painted a large mural that was placed on a billboard.
- I won first prize in a McDonald’s coloring contest when I was in first grade.
- I went to high school and was pretty good friends with a future Miss America.
Today is the last reveal of the final truth and the lie! These two were both equally selected as the answer so a few of you must know me pretty well.
Final Truth: My family and I were selected to participate in a Hooked on Phonics commercial.
My oldest son, Christopher, I was told was not on track to pass first grade due to his reading level. Not knowing what else to do the only thing I could think of was “Hooked on Phonics”. Were purchased it, used it and he passed first grade. His first grade teacher was amazed at how fast he learned.
Shortly after this I received a form email that I’m sure went out to all Hooked on Phonics customers about asking about their experience. I was overflowing with joy for the company so my email back was pretty long and full of praise. A few weeks later I received an email saying they were selecting customers to be in a commercial and the loved my review and asked if I would be interested. I thought how cool would that be. She asked that I submit a photo of my family. After that I had to create a video of the family just doing every day things. So I got out the camcorder and taped the kids at the pool and a few other things. One thing I remember that really made me laugh is Christopher (six at the time) wanted to use the camera so I let him have a shot. He took it into the kitchen and started pointing it at the items on the counter and narrated how I was making a box of macaroni and cheese. It was so cute I left it on the video when I submitted it.
I then had to have an interview/conversation with the director. After all that we were selected as one of the families to participate. We were flown to Chicago (on Christopher’s birthday) for three nights and two days. We were put up in Hotel 8 on Michigan Ave. We had one day where we shot the commercial at a home. The rest of the time we had to visit the “windy” city. One thing we loved was our trip to the Nay Pier
Here is our commercial. Sorry for the quality, we received a copy on a VHS tape. So I had to play it on the TV and record it on my camera. I am in there it two short burst along with Christopher. The last scene is my husband, Nick, Christopher, and me. I’m going to be a true woman here and say UGH! I was so much heavier!!
So ALL that said yes the lie was that I was approached by a model agency in 8th grade. Nope never happened. Can’t say I didn’t have dreams when I was young of being on magazine covers, but never did happen.
Thank you all for playing along!