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Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3


The Blue Dress
Betty Kaplan


Spring and graduation time. In the newspaper, pictures of girls with big smiles showing off their pretty dresses.

My thoughts go back to White Street School where the grades started with kindergarten and went to grade 6. Ten years between the five sisters, it was like a round robin, one of us always starting and another always finishing. We five girls, all in order, graduating to go on to the next big step, Forest Park Junior High School.

My sister Ida, the oldest, had a beautiful blue dress made of ruffle over ruffle and tied at the shoulders with pretty bows. A flapper dress of those times? I wonder what happened to that dress and where it might be today.

With each graduation, Ida would adjust the bows to fit the sister who was to wear the dress.

Now it is my turn. How exciting! It is my special day and I am to wear the blue dress with all the ruffles.

a box of crayons
why does she
always choose blue?

Betty Kaplan is retired from the Fashion Industry. She used to arrange clothes, and now arranges words. She started to write haiku five years ago and has published in Frogpond, Lynx, Woodpecker, South by Southeast, World Haiku Review and American Tanka.