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The Story of the Blue Dress

Alea was the type of girl no one would have ever noticed; she was the plain Jane, tomboy type. One night in their small town there was a dance. This dance was a major event for the town and all the girls had new dresses for the occasion. Alea attended as well, though she stayed in the shadows, content to watch the others have all the fun. One of the girls had on a beautiful red ruffled dress, which matched her attitude that night. She twirled around on the dance floor, flirting will all the men, who couldn’t help but notice her. She began taunting Alea, teasing her about the pants she was wearing and shouting that since she always looked like a man she should have joined the boys fighting in the recent war. Alea was furious. She knew she had a blue dress at home that was prettier than any dress at the dance; she ran home to change. She re-entered the building just…

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The Story of the Blue Dress

Alea was the type of girl no one would have ever noticed; she was the plain Jane, tomboy type. One night in their small town there was a dance. This dance was a major event for the town and all the girls had new dresses for the occasion. Alea attended as well, though she stayed in the shadows, content to watch the others have all the fun. One of the girls had on a beautiful red ruffled dress, which matched her attitude that night. She twirled around on the dance floor, flirting will all the men, who couldn’t help but notice her. She began taunting Alea, teasing her about the pants she was wearing and shouting that since she always looked like a man she should have joined the boys fighting in the recent war. Alea was furious. She knew she had a blue dress at home that was prettier than any dress at the dance; she ran home to change. She re-entered the building just as there was a break in the music. Every head in the place turned to see the beautiful girl in the blue dress with her long brown hair braided and coiled on top of her head like a crown. The townspeople were stunned; many of them had a hard time accepting this was the same shy, dowdy wallflower Alea. It wasn’t just the dress that changed her, wearing those clothes was giving her confidence, assurance and she was no longer the shy girl. She was now the prettiest girl in the room and all the men wanted to dance with her. The conceited girl in the red dress left in a huff. Alea left that night with her future husband…and she never stood in the shadows again.

So you see how what you wear really can give you the confidence to go out and conquer the world. I think of this story with each piece I create and I hope it empowers you to go out and grab your own little piece of the world.~Jennifer

This story was taken from a book titled "Wild like the Foxes", written by my Great Grandmother Anauta. It is one of several books telling the story of her life as an Eskimo. Alea was her mother, my Great Great Grandmother.

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