A Matter of Pride

April 1st, 2012

[private] v10-4-Our IslandsSome time ago I saw an article in a Honduran newspaper in which a fisherman from Roatan was honored by being elected into some hall of fame. I immediately started boasting about that person even though I had never met him. I was proud because he was an islander.

Can you imagine how proud I was when I ran across this bit of news? Little Miss April Moore of Tampa, Florida, won three beauty pageants last year. She is not so little any more. As a matter of fact, she is a married woman with two children and now goes by the name Mrs. April Lufriu. But she won all three pageants. First she won the Mrs. Florida in Orlando, then the Mrs. America in West Virginia, and finally the Mrs. World in Vietnam.

I guess I’ll have to explain why this bit of news made me so proud. Well you see, Miss April was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, but she is from island stock. April is the second born of Mr. Kinzer (Gabby) Moore and Miss Ivy Bodden, who both left Bonacco during the big migration to the USA during the late fifties and early sixties. Kinzer was my next door neighbor when we were kids; Ivy was my favorite dance partner when it was time to do the Watusi or the Mash Potato.

As a child Miss April and her sister Melissa (the little girl with the eye glasses) came to visit the place where their roots run deep. April carries in her face the beauty that is the classical look of the Moores of times past. She also has some of the beauty that was her mother’s in her youth.

April started participating in pageants at the age of 19 and since then has been in nine over the last 22 years. Miss April says, “I did it as fun initially, and my biggest highlight as a single woman was when I placed first runner-up for Miss USA.” This in itself is a great achievement. But she found out that even after she was married she could still compete in these contests of pageantry and beautiful women.

Miss April is not only a ravishing beauty and a pageant winner at 42; she is also the banner bearer of the Tampa Bay Chapter of Foundation Fighting Blindness. This came about when April and her sister Melissa started looking for an organization that supported eye disease and found none locally. They became president and membership chairperson of the local chapter. In 1989 Melissa was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, an eye disease that with time leads to blindness. April later discovered that she and her children along with another 10 million or so Americans also have the disease.

She has taken on a great cause. She will continue to meet the challenges that life throws at her because she is one of the beautiful people and in her veins runs the blood of the buccaneers who were our forefathers. [/private]

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