Sunday, March 17, 2013

Everyone's a Cinderella: Slice of Life 17 of 31

Thanks Stacey and Ruth:  Two Writing Teachers
#slice2013   17 of 31

Today I woke my daughter up early so we could go into the city to look for a prom dress.  Though prom is nearly six weeks away, she assures me she is running out of time to get a dress.  It wasn't long until we were in the car and our way.  I was looking forward to the fun of dress shopping, but I'd be telling a lie if I said I was hoping to go to a lot of different stores.  I was hoping for early success.

As we enter the first shop, dresses fill the racks inside.  There are prom dresses, dinner dresses, party dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and dresses for the bride neatly organized from the front to the back of the store.  There are amethyst dresses, teal dresses, coral dresses, plain dresses, beaded dresses, short dresses, long dresses, ball gowns and dresses of all shapes and sizes.  Salespeople hustle about as the crowds of shoppers enter and begin to fill their arms with dresses.  Cassie begins to search the racks for possibilities.  I'm pleased to see her begin to settle upon several dresses that might work for her.

We carry the potential dresses back to the dressing area where a large group is gathered around a soon-to-be bride who is trying on wedding gowns.  The bride-to-be stands on the raised floor with mirrors and loved ones surrounding her.  The crowd stands around pondering each selection.  What I would guess was the bride's great grandmother, stands toward the back of the group with new tears forming each time her granddaughter comes out in a new dress.  Each dress looks stunning, and I can't help but wonder how she'll ever choose.

All around us young women were trying on prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and wedding dresses.  Each stepped into the dressing room in their jeans and sweaters, and soon emerged in dresses that seemed to bring out their inner-Cinderella.  It was amazing to watch the transformation.  There was an energy in the store that was a tad bit contagious.

This is one we didn't choose,
but we were tempted.
Cassie tried on several dresses as we discussed the pros and cons of each.  In my opinion, each dress looked beautiful on her.  I couldn't help but remember the days, now long gone, when she'd run around the house in Disney princess dresses wearing crowns and playful gems.

Thankfully, the woman helping us listened carefully to Cassie and came back with a few dresses she thought might work.  Before I knew it, Cassie had decided upon a dress for prom.  By the time we left, we had the dress, shoes, and accessories --- all in one stop and reasonably priced.  Nice!   Thank you fairy godmother.


  1. Ah! The sweet success of one-stop shopping. Congratulations! When do we see the one she picked?

    1. Ramona,
      I'll try to post a picture after prom.


  2. Congratulations! One stop shopping is wonder in and of itself! We still don't have a definite "Yes I'm going to prom" so kind of hard to look for a dress, but I'm hopeful for an equally successful venture if it does come to pass! Good for you! (and her!)

  3. As the mother of two boys, I really enjoyed reading about your dress shopping. The dress she didn't choose is amazing! Can't wait to see the pictures of the dress she will be wearing!

  4. Reading this is like a glimpse into my future. With two girls, I'm sure I'll be doing some prom shopping in the next few years.

  5. Oh....Cassie is so grown up...I remember her running down the hall after school hoping I was still at the school with those little kittens. Can't wait to see her dress...after prom...don't forget!

  6. Oh my. Hasn't prom season changed a bit over the years? Very exciting for Cassie, but wow - a glimpse into my future as well! I'm glad you enjoyed the day together and shopping was successful! I loved your ending . . . thanking the fairy godmother!

  7. As the mother of two daughters your post brought back memories of the many hours spent shopping for prom! One stop shopping and reasonable prices, what a great day!

  8. Oh to be a princess for a day! I loved the way you described the dressing room. The dresses do a magic act from plain to princess. Lucky you, one store!

  9. Congratulations on a successful shopping trip! And Cassie is absolutely gorgeous- hope we get to see a picture of the dress she DID choose. I love this line, "Each stepped into the dressing room in their jeans and sweaters, and soon emerged in dresses that seemed to bring out their inner-Cinderella." Hope she has a wonderful time at the prom!

  10. Love it! Ellie thinks it beautiful too - she looks likes a princess. And I'm with Carol above - love that line!


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