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A Calico Dress

She dreaded going home. In her house, a person never knew what they would find. Ann had spent many days standing outside, trying to intuit the mood of the adults within. And today she anticipated trouble. She glanced down at her new dress, fingered the tear. Sighing, she continued walking toward home and the inevitable.

Yesterday had been such a lovely day. Samantha, Ann’s mother, had finished the new dress. She held it up for Ann to admire.

“Well, Honey, what do you think? Do you like it?” Five year old Ann nodded, and reached out to touch the soft calico fabric.

“Can I try it on?”

“Of course you can,” her mother said with a smile. “And tomorrow you can wear it to school.”

Today wouldn’t be so nice a day.

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