It must have been given to her around a special day, maybe Valentine's Day, for the color was certainly fitting, but there wasn't anything in her wardrobe with so much of that color other than her pep rally skirt. At least when she wore that skirt, there was a multitude of other girls wearing similar wool skirts. Mom obviously thought the A-line dress was perfect for her fair-complexioned brunette daughter, but didn't she know how hard it would be for her to walk through the halls at school looking like a large piece of Christmas wrap? The cotton-polyester fabric was bright red with just an ever so slight hint of orange. The fabric was quartered into approximately eight-inch blocks by one-fourth inch white lines and at the neckline a broad collar of white reached to the edges of her shoulders and down about six inches from her neck in the front and in the back. Did her Mom not know how embarrassing it was to her daughter to stand out among her peers like that and how hard it was for her to fain enthusiasm for the surprise gift?