Years ago when I was single and practicing music therapy with residents in nursing homes and other facilities, my father and I drove one day to Billings, Montana, about 150 miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming, my hometown, to see an opera. Before the performance, we had lunch at a bar and grill. Afterward, as we stepped out of the establishment and onto the sidewalk, a woman approached us and asked for cash.
She sounded desperate and seemed well-educated. Dad immediately produced his wallet and handed her one or two bills. I said I didn’t have any extra cash and walked away with Dad.
When I heard this song, I was reminded of that incident. At the time, I’d thought this woman was perhaps a drug addict, needing money to fuel her habit. But what if she was down on her luck by no fault of her own?
I’ll never know. I can only hope her story had a happy ending. One thing’s for sure. No doubt Dad gave her at least twenty dollars.
By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.