Lisa and her friends left the store with heavy hearts, but they decided to continue their search for a perfect dress they could afford. As they scoured new stores from nearby towns, they realized that finding the perfect dress had ruined them for any future gowns they might find.
What might have been an acceptable choice before was now subpar because they knew what the perfect fairytale dress looked like. Lisa, however, had already made a decision in her head without telling her friends. She had decided she was not about to give up on that incredible dress she’d found in the boutique shop. She was hatching a plan.
Many Choices, Few Possibilities
Joy quickly turned into sadness the moment the girls started to realize the dresses they’d picked were all completely out of their budget. The shop offered all sorts of dresses – gowns, cocktail dresses, off-shoulders, wrap dresses, and more. But the ones the girls wanted were the fairytale type, which the store had plenty of, each based on different Disney princesses.
Unfortunately, these dresses, made of high-quality materials like chiffon, were more expensive than the rest. The girls didn’t know what to do, they knew the price tags were way too high, but they’d been thinking about their prom night dresses for months and had finally found ones that they loved. Lisa and her friends didn’t know what to do.
Way Too Expensive
The boutique dress shop was clearly out of their budget, as they soon came to the realization that even the lowest-priced dresses were barely in their budget. They hung their dresses back on the rack and left the store with a heavy heart.
There is nothing worse than spending months looking for something specific that you truly love, and finally finding it just to realize you can’t have it. Lisa was especially disappointed; she had planned this day for a very long time, and she needed it to be perfect. She didn’t know what her next steps were, but she knew she wasn’t going to compromise on her dream dress just because of a setback.
The Cinderella Dress
The dress Lisa set her heart on was a gorgeous, sleeveless gown that was made out of a classy chiffon fabric in the top and had a grand balloon skirt. The tag on the dress even read “Cinderella.” Lisa knew this was meant to be her prom dress, the one she would make an entrance with, the one that would be pictured in photos for the rest of her life, so she never forgot what she looked like on that magical night.
Lisa went back to the store the next day, this time she was by herself, and she looked for her Cinderella dress. It was still there; she took her time to run her hands through the elegant fabric and dream about how it would look like on her.
Considering Her Options
Lisa thought of every possible way she could pay for the dress, and obviously, the first one was asking her mom for a loan. However, Lisa knew what her mother’s financial situation was like – she saved every penny and the last thing she could afford was to buy her an expensive prom dress. It just wouldn’t be fair.
Lisa’s mom was already working two jobs to support her and her siblings and asking her for extra money was out of the question. She couldn’t be so selfish, so she started to consider other options, and suddenly thought of checking the money she had stored away in her piggy bank from babysitting jobs.