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My Mom Shamed Me for Buying This Prom Dress and Ruined It – I Made Her Face the Consequences

Gaone Pule
Jun 07, 2024
08:10 A.M.

My mom always found a way to ruin my happiest moments. This time was no different. However, I made sure that she never did it again with my revenge.

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Five years ago, I was beyond excited for my senior prom. I had been looking forward to it for months, imagining the perfect night with my friends, dancing and celebrating the end of high school. I never imagined my own mother would ruin the experience for me.

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Two women having conflict at home | Source: Pexels

I went shopping for a dress for my senior prom with my best friend. It was a sunny morning and we were both giddy and could not contain our excitement while getting ready.

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Two women laughing together | Source: Pexels

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We stepped into the store and looked around, seeing beautiful dresses in every corner. However, one pink gown caught our attention and I instantly liked it.

It was a gorgeous mermaid-style dress and I bought it right away. When I got home, I showed my mom the dress without actually putting it on. She didn’t have any noticeable reaction.

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A woman in a pink dress | Source: Pexels

The skirt needed hemming, so my mother said she would take me to her friend who does tailoring. I thought she was being supportive. Little did I know, that was the calm before the storm.

After giving my dress to her friend, she said she was ashamed to be seen with me in the dress and that I had shamed her in front of her friend. I was really upset.

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A depressed woman at home | Source: Pexels

I was flabbergasted by my mother's comments and completely blindsided by her offer to help with the dress. It did not make sense that she offered to have it fixed while knowing she did not like it.

A few days later, I took the dress and simply burst into tears. She had REMADE it into a BAG, covering the upper and lower parts. In only an hour, mad as hell, I was realizing my revenge plan.

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On prom day, when I went out of the house for photos, my mom almost FAINTED as I took her favorite dress and remade it into the same dress I bought for the prom.

"Grace, what have you done?! That's my favorite dress!" my mom gasped.

"Oh, you mean the one you ruined? I thought I'd return the favor," I said calmly.

"How dare you! That dress was expensive and important to me!" she exclaimed, furious.

"Just like my prom dress was important to me. But you didn’t care about that, did you?" I replied firmly.

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Mother and daughter arguing in the bedroom | Source: Pexels

"I was just trying to protect you. That dress was inappropriate," she tried to compose herself.

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"No, you were trying to control me. You were ashamed of me for no reason. This is my prom, and I deserve to feel beautiful and confident. If you can't support that, then you need to deal with the consequences," I shook my head.

"I didn't realize how much it meant to you. I'm sorry, I shouldn’t have done that," she said, looking defeated.

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Mother and daughter arguing | Source: Pexels

"It’s too late now, Mom. I hope you understand how it feels to have something you care about destroyed," I softened slightly.

"I do, and I regret it. But you didn't have to ruin my dress to make your point," she sighed.

"Maybe not. But now you know what it feels like. Let’s just hope we can move past this," I took a deep breath.

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"I do want to move past this. I'm really sorry, and I want to make it up to you," she said tearfully.

"We’ll see. For now, I have a prom to attend. I hope you understand why I did what I did," I hugged her briefly.

"I do. Go have a wonderful time at your prom. You look beautiful," she nodded.

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A woman in a red dress | Source: Pexels

With that, I left the house, feeling a mixture of vindication and sadness. I knew that our relationship would need time to heal, but I felt empowered for standing up for myself. As I arrived at prom, I felt confident and beautiful in my dress, ready to enjoy the night with my friends.

The evening was a success as I made great memories. We danced, laughed, and took countless photos. However, when it all ended and I had to go back home, it was back to reality. I knew that my relationship with my mom needed mending.

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Teenagers during senior prom night | Source: Pexels

From that day onwards, our relationship was strained. We spoke less often, and when we did, it was usually brief and tense. My mom seemed to avoid the topic of the prom entirely.

It was as if she was trying to pretend it never happened. I, on the other hand, couldn't forget it. The hurt and betrayal lingered. Over time, we started to have more open conversations about our feelings. One evening, a few months after prom, I sat down with her.

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A mother comforting her daughter | Source: Pexels

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"Mom, we need to talk about what happened," I began, feeling a lump in my throat.

She looked at me, her eyes softening. "I know, Grace. I’ve been thinking about it too. I’m really sorry for what I did. It was wrong."

"I appreciate that, but it’s not just about the dress. It’s about how you made me feel. Like my choices didn’t matter," I said, holding back tears.

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A mother standing behind her daughter | Source: Pexels

She nodded, tears welling up in her eyes. "I was wrong to try and control you. I thought I was protecting you, but I see now that I was just being selfish. I’m so sorry, Grace."

"I need you to trust me and support me," I replied, reaching out to hold her hand.

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"I will. I promise. I just want us to move past this and be close again," she said, squeezing my hand.

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Mother and daughter holding hands | Source: Pexels

It wasn’t an instant fix, but it was a start. We both made an effort to meet each other halfway to understand one another a bit more and that made all the difference, which made us happy.

Slowly, our relationship began to heal. We learned to communicate better and respect each other’s boundaries. It took time, patience, and a lot of honest conversations, but eventually, we rebuilt the trust that had been broken.

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A mother and her daughter embracing each other | Source: Pexels

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Now, looking back, I realize that that incident was a turning point for both of us. It taught us the importance of respect and understanding in our relationship. We both learned valuable lessons and although it was a painful experience, it brought us closer in the end.

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A mother and daughter hugging | Source: Pexels

While Grace's mom decided to ruin her dress in this story, the following one involves parents who gave away their daughter's prom dress. She had saved up money to buy it and grew attached to it overtime and it became her special outfit from there on until another event arose.

Parents Gave My Dream Prom Dress to My Sister - Am I Wrong for What I Did?

My family is not wealthy but we have always managed to get by. In 2017, I went to prom in my stunning dress after saving money for it for more than a year.

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The gown made me feel confident and to date, I still wear it for special occasions. I have a little sister who is preparing for her prom night and she too has always liked my dress.

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Two women sitting on a sofa | Source: Pexels

I have become attached to my gown. I have always been self-conscious about my body throughout high school and wearing it makes me feel better. Recently, my younger sibling came to me asking to wear the dress to her prom. Seeing how I feel about it, I gently declined.

However, I offered to help her find another pretty outfit and even chip in while at it. This made her feel at ease and she seemed to be okay with it, feeling thankful.

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A woman smiling while looking at another woman | Source: Pexels

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I am currently a full-time student and live in a dorm. Some of my clothes are still at home including my prom dress. One day while going home for a rare visit, I walked in the house and was left shocked.

I found my mother and grandmother helping my sister put on my prom dress for her. The two were busy measuring her and it appeared as if they were planning on cutting the gown so that it could fit her better.

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A woman being measured by tailor | Source: Pexels

I was filled with rage after witnessing all of that. What I did next was unexpected and later on, I was painted as the villain. Yet I received no apologies from my mom and grandmother.

Click here to read the rest of the story.

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This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided "as is," and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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