Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to wear pretty dresses. Dresses with lots of ruffles, lace, and pretty ribbons that seemed to float in the breeze. She liked to spin around while wearing her lovely dresses, and she felt like a graceful swan gliding across the water. But mostly she felt like a beautiful princess as she twirled about in her dream world.
One day the little girl was twirling around in her best dress. It was her favorite one, all white with the loveliest of lace and a tiered ruffled skirt. Her head was so full of thoughts and dreams of swans and princesses that she didn’t notice several other little girls had approached her. They were all wearing “fashion” jeans and t-shirts for the most popular TV shows. Most of them started giggling at the little girl in her pretty dress and teased her. No one dresses like that except babies they thought. This made the little girl so upset that she felt like crying and running home. Instead she took a deep breath and held her head high. Princesses were too dignified to let mean little girls see them cry. So she gracefully walked on until she was out of sight, then the tears burst out and she ran home.
She got home and hid in her room. The tears continued until her mother came in and asked what was wrong. When the little girl had finished telling her story, her mother asked her a strange question. Will the little girl stop wearing her pretty dresses and dress like those other girls? This puzzled the girl, why would she want to dress like those mean girls? She didn’t like jeans and those t-shirts all looked the same, plus she loves her dresses way more. Why would you wear something you didn’t like? When the girl told her mother this, her mother smiled.
The next day, the little girl went out again this time in her second favorite dress. A pretty sky blue dress with puffy sleeves and a lovely sash. Suddenly she notice one of the girls from yesterday coming toward her wearing one of those horribly “trendy” outfits. She started to get scared that the girl would laugh at her. But then the girl remembered the talk she had with her mother. All the girls could laugh as much as they wanted she thought, it won’t stop her from dressing how she wanted. But the girl from yesterday didn’t laugh at her, she very quietly said that the dress was pretty and so was the one from yesterday. This surprised the little girl, she didn’t know what to do. For a second, she thought about saying something about how ugly this girl’s jeans were, but then she would be like those mean girls and princesses are better than that. So using her best princess-like manners, she said the nicest thing she could think of. Thank you.
Now there are two little girls who love to wear pretty dresses. Dresses with lots of ruffles, lace, and pretty ribbons that seemed to float in the breeze. And the little girl feels more like a princess now than ever before. A strong, kind and beautiful princess.