|Paper||Dixie State University Student Newspapers|
|Rights||No Copyright - United States (NoC-US)|
|Publisher||Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Paper||Dixie State University Student Newspapers|
1HH DIXIE OWL Tis Better to Smile Than Sigh Well, this is my last dance at this old school, Dora slammed the door angrily and stood facing I dont herself in the mirror. know what is the matter that they do not dance with me. I am sure my dress fits perfectly and I havent any freckles or a pug nose like some of the girls either. Oh! I just hate hate hate every old boy in this town. She stamped her dainty foot on the floor. I am sure it is not so bad as said her friend Kate, who had entered unnoticed, after bidding her young man goodI tried to show you a night. good time but somehow you did not seem to care about er well, about the boys you danced with. You seemed to think they were not nice enough or something else. You did not treat them as that, you should. Oh! you dont need to say any more, I know you had a good time. I dont care, they dont have to dance with me because I am not going again, so there. Now Dora, of course you are going to the Juniors Prom. Why that is the ball of the season and besides you must go to wear that beautiful dress your mother sent for your birthday. I dont care, I tell you, I shant go near. Its alright for you to talk you who never miss a dance, but, poor me, I serve as a wall decoration. If it wasnt for the looks of things I wouldnt stay in this old school another The hot angry tears day. trickled down her flushed face as she flung her dress across the room and turned the lights off with an angry jerk. Then she threw herself on the bed and buried her face in the pillows. Please dont cry and go to sleep so you will be rested for the dance. I know you will have a good time if you will try. I tell you I am not going to be a wall flower any longer, and she turned her face to the wall. Kate finished undressing then bent over her friend, but she seemed to be asleep so kissing her lightly on the back of the neck she slipped quietly to bed. Dora was not asleep. She lay there filled with a spirit of anger and rebellion. Of all the boys that danced with Kate only two or three danced with me and they thought they had to; I guess I gave them to understand they didnt need to unless they wanted to. Is it because" Kate is Put she knew this prettier? was not the case for Kate had a very plain face. Ear down the street she heard someone whistling. As the person came nearer he began to sing. Tis betShe caught the words ter to laugh than to cry, Tis better to smile than to sigh A laugh perhaps will surely cure, As she lisremedy it brings. tened she could tell it was Pert Thomas, widow Thomas son. How can he be singing like that when he has to do the janitor work to pay his way to school, and delivers washings for his He hasnt mother after that. anything to smile for, she muttered to herself as the singer passed on down the street. Kate always smiles, too, she thought, even when she does not know whether she can stay to finish school or not. I wish I could do it. I can I can and I will, she said to herself, Ill smile all day tomorrow just to see what it is like. Ill go to that dance tomorrow night and whats more I am going to get a partner to go with me, too, and with that thought Dora turned over and went to sleep. She dreamed she was at the dance talking and laughing with all the boys, and having such a good time. Come, if you do not get up you will be late for school, Kate said giving her friend a gentle shake. Oh I Dora sat up in bed. thought er what did you say? That morning she dressed with unusual care, loosening her hair so that it fell in ripples around her rosy face. She put, on the dress that she always looked best in, a soft creamy white, and placed a pink rose in her belt, all the time humming an old love song. Kate could hardly believe it. She wondered what had caused the change, because Dora usually grumbled all the time about, something that wasnt just right and always insisted on wearing a dark dress with her hair fastened sedately back away from her face. Now as she went down the street she actually stopped to speak to freckled faced Bert Thomas whom she had never pretended to even see before. Kate him straighten up, adjust his cap and mutter to himself, Gee! I guess Miss Smith isnt such a cross old stick after all, I really think she must be quite And not so bud looking nice. saw either. As she entered the hall she nodded pleasantly to first one and another. When the bell rang and Kate went to look for her friend she found her entertaining a crowd of boys. That evening Don Hardy, one of the nicest boys in school, hurried to walk home with her. Just as he turned to go down the street, after seeing her to the Say I think gate, he met Kate. a mighty is that chum of yours nice girl. I guess I did not know her before; she bears acquaintance. That evening Kate said, Dora come to the dance with Ralph and me. He asked me to ask you.