The unicorn dress hadn’t fit her for years; but she held onto it anyway, on it’s special padded hanger, in the hope that one day, her daughter would love it as much as she had. It was a sleeveless white mod mini with a curved neon green yoke, encrusted with white star-shaped rhinestones. The unicorns were orange, pink, blue and green. There was a mistake that created a seam down the center front and the seam was hidden by appliqués of the unicorns that perfectly matched the print.
" I remember that your Mom made me for your junior prom, but you didn’t go because you didn’t want to go alone. The first time you wore me was on your seventeenth birthday. You tucked me under your favorite plaid blazer, your favorite necklace and over fishnets and combat boots, so I knew I was in good company.
We went out to dinner that night at a Chinese restaurant you considered “expensive” at the time, but later realized was actually seeder than the place you love next to the Laundromat and supermarket. You were trying to be rebellious and create a new family for yourself out of “friends”, but you were being an ass. Only two of the people you invited came that night: the debate coach and your future husband. And the debate coach bailed halfway through!
The coat and the boy and I turned out to be your only true friends, out of everyone you invited.
I remember that you pretended to be cool, but sweated nervous bullets upon realizing that it was not only your first date with the guy you secretly loved, but embarrassingly, your first date ever. But, I think you did well. You had a great time and for many years, I was with you for many important introductions.
I know it broke your heart to take me out for that final photoshoot, realizing I would never fit you again, But, I hope you retired me knowing that I knew I was well-loved and had been the special dress that meant the most to you.
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And in case you were wondering, this is a photo from my seventeenth birthday, the first time I ever wore my unicorn dress: