A Storyby Katherine Heiny
It’s hard to say why Marlee wears the bridesmaid’s dress to work today. It isn’t because she has an unconscious desire to be let go from her job as a receptionist—Marlee has been consciously desiring that since she started working there six months ago. The job is strictly to pay the bills.
It certainly isn’t because she has a fondness for the dress itself. The dress is tea length, with a shiny black sleeveless bodice and appliquéd flowers lining the scoop neckline. The full black dirndl-type skirt is printed with huge red and white roses and fluffed out with taffeta underneath. It looks like something an American Girl doll might wear to a movie premiere, but even American Girl dolls have better fashion sense.
But still, it’s a dress and Marlee reaches for it. This is the kind of decision that comes from being slightly hungover and experiencing a laundry crisis and being forced to get up too early. (Circumstances that have brought about the downfall of many people.)