Rowdy, chaotic, and filled with students is what any Cherry Hill High school student , including myself, would say to describe the lunch room. Every table is filled except for ours. Ana and Betsy are my best friends, my only friends. Since 3rd grade, we have been "the nerd sisters."
After school I always come home to my concerned parents, but they went away and wont be back until Monday. All I can think about is how miserable I am in school, no one talks to us , no one even knows of us sometimes. Betsy doesn't care , so me and Ana always have to complain about it when she is not around. If only I could change how my life is in school....
As I catch myself bloviating about my mothers wealthy jewels I am wearing I realize something. I realize that the jewels have attracted many people whom I have never been spoken to by. I can see Ana and Betsy in the back of the crowd, but all I can worry about is telling everyone how great of a party I'm throwing tonight at my house.
I cannot believe of how many people showed up at my party, its THE NECKLACE. It has to be the necklace, without the necklace no one even bothers to realize who I am. As I party, Betsy leans into me and says, " Mildred, I don't think this is such a good idea, all of these people in your house have made fun of all of us.." Ana agrees, " Yeah Mildred, Betsy is right.. " Guys, who cares, were part of something now just have fun."
The next day in school, everyone is talking about my party, how fun of a party it was. During lunch, Betsy and Ana begin to say " Mildred, we think that maybe.. you should take the jewels off. You do not even know who you are anymore, hanging with people who have only noticed you because of those fancy, expensive jewels. You wont even talk to us anymore if you're surrounded by them.." I quickly begin to deny of how foolish they are for saying that to me, I know who I am.
As I sit on my stairs, I start to realize who I have become since I started wearing my mother's jewels. Betsy and Ana were right, I don't know who I have become. I've betrayed them for people who aren't even my real friends. I love the popularity, but i love my friends too. I've now realized that popularity is not more important than having real friends that you know will always be here for you no matter your wealth.