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Shopportunity! by Kate Newlin

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Phyllis is with her mother and it is important. They are shopping for her wedding dress. Other times they’ve fought about what she could buy, what would look right, what would be appropriate. Once she took her babysitting money and snuck away with a friend to New Brunswick, N.J., to buy a chiffon dress for the church field trip. She wanted to choose it for herself, escaping her mother’s taste, her mother’s control. But this time is different. This time Phyllis seeks her mother’s opinion.

“We’ve gone to bridal fairs, we’ve gone to boutiques, we’ve looked at all the magazines,” says Phyllis, her hands clasped primly in her lap. “We’re in a bridal shop in a Victorian house. I know what I want. I ...

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