Yollie is explaining to her mother about the eighth grade fall dance.She needs a proper dress to wear but doesn't have any. Yollie urges her mother to buy a new dress, but her mother has other plans.
Yollie's mother dyes a old gray dress black. This saves time, money ,and Yollie likes it.The dress reminds her of the people in New York wearing black. She is dying to see Ernie,her crush.
Ernie asks Yollie to dance with him. Yollie, of course is overjoyed. Everything is moving around smoothly and romantically until...it starts to rain hard. Sister Kelly orders boys to carry the table and record player while the girls run in. The teenagers are drenched.
As they are fixing themselves and their dresses, the girls don't pay attention to anything else. Yollie tries to help, but it's no use. She looks down to grab her fallen bobby pin - when she sees that the dye has dripped out. Yollie is miserable. She runs home, her tears mixing in with the rain.
H-How did this happen?
Yollie complains to her mother about how her dress was a failure and how the dye had dripped out.Her mother, saddened by the fact that the dye did not work, reveals a secret to her daughter. She had been saving $20.00 each month for Yollie. They drive to the store,in the pouring rain,and shop.
At the store they buy a blouse, skirt, and shoes for Yollie. These would not bleed in any kind of weather. She is on cloud nine for what her mother did for her.