Article: Sally's Prom Dress: The wide reach of love...

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By Sharon Brown on June 22, 2011

Not very many girls keep their prom dresses for 50 years, but some of us do. Mine is still wrapped in tissue paper in my cedar chest, but Sally...oh just wait till you hear what she did with hers.

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Jun 23, 2011 10:11 AM CST
Name: Sharon
As a result of this article and connections with other friends, Sally recently heard from a friend from her junior high years, one with whom she had lost touch.

She asked me to share the email with you here. Here it is....

Hi Sally,

I just finished reading about your life. Thank you for sharing it. Boy, you went to the prom. I went to one dance at East High School, and not one person asked me to dance. I went to a couple of dances at the U of U. The guys didn't know how to dance, and it really wore my legs out going around in circles. I asked a younger student to go to my graduation dance with me. He was really excited about going. I did a lot of dancing with groups. I belonged to the Village Folk Dancers, The U of U Square dance group: Ribbons and Spurs, The U of U Folk Dancers, and another folk dance group. Everyone danced in those groups. I was never comfortable going to the school dances, where you had to have a date.

I used to hide out in the restroom at Stewart School during dances. I was always afraid that nobody would ask me to dance. Dr. Crooks saw me coming out of a dance class at the U of U, and she said she knew I would like dancing if I just tried it. It wasn't the dancing, it was the socialization, and being afraid of being left out.

I think one of the first times I saw you was at the Utah Theater, and you won a bike in the spelling bee. I was so jealous of you. I wished that I could spell the way you could spell. Then I met you when I was over playing with Natalie.

My brother David almost got promoted two grades. He would have been in the same class with another brother, and my parents wouldn't let him skip those grades. The school let David go to lectures at the U of U, and they let him go to California with my grandmother for a whole month. He used to get bored with the things that were being taught at school. He was afraid of the other children. At the time I was jealous of David, but I learned he had a hard time socially. It seems there are always some things that cause children to have problems growing up. I used to drag David out to play. I dragged him out to dance, where he met his future wife.

Our oldest son is very bright, and had a hard time dealing with kids his own age. One doctor told us he would probably have social problems until he became an adult. Kids just don't know how to deal with you super smart people. I have felt much more comfortable around you as an adult, than I did when we were kids.

I always felt that you would do great things in your life Sally. It doesn't surprise me at all, the things that you have accomplished in this life.

Love, Nancy

Jun 23, 2011 10:31 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh Sally, how wonderful that old and dear friends are finding you Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Thank you for posting it Sharon!

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Jun 23, 2011 10:38 AM CST
Name: Ledgegardener
Maine, on the downeast coast
Wonderful comment, the very bright do face their own particular sets of challenges!
Living and loving life on the coast of Maine.
Jun 23, 2011 2:03 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
So good to "find" old friends again and catch up. Thanks for sharing.
aka Kiska at other sites
Jun 24, 2011 5:07 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
That was a most beautiful letter, and I could relate to your friend, except, I can't dance!

It seems my heart just keeps getting fuller with all your stories.
A small town has no secrets except itself
Jun 24, 2011 8:54 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
my wife knew from the day we married that i could not dance but she married me anyway. i can only do slow dances because i have two left feet. LOL

sharron - thanks again for anothe great story.

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .

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