She responded with this: “Oh gosh, Abigail. If you pay for the shipping, you can have the dress! You should have a proper dress for Oireachtas!” I was floored. Here was a complete stranger, all the way across the continent, GIVING me a thousand plus dollar dress for free. I was so moved by her generosity I started to cry. (I believe this is the only time I’ve truly cried from happiness.) I couldn’t understand what would move someone to give me such a valuable item for nothing. Since wearing the dress, I have had tremendous success in competitions. While it is not directly due to the dress, I think of the generous lady every time I wear it. So while my dress is the most expensive thing I own, for me it cost nothing thanks to the incredible generosity of a stranger. I generally don’t prefer buying expensive clothings. In fact , I have become a fan of online shopping just because of the price differences.