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September 22, 2013

Family's tradition involving dress dates to 1966

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DUBLIN —

This latest time around, it took a bit of coaxing from Jen to get Summer to keep the tradition alive.

"My Summer Poppy is a very opinionated kid," Jen said. "She was not interested in wearing the dress at all. A few bribes later and I got her to agree to it. We don't live in Dublin anymore so I had to do the picture taking this time around. I emailed them as soon as the kids got on the bus.

"I hate to even mention this but after the 5 of us wearing it," Jen joked, "(but) I can imagine (mom) will alter it into a shirt and try to get my son to wear it on his first day."

Ronda is quick to dismiss any rumors on alterations ("No alterations have been done on the dress. We all just happened to be the right size at the right time. To look at the dress, you would never know it is as old as it is. It was definately well made."), but all three women are hopeful there will be plenty more takers for the dress down the road.

"I don't have girls, but if I did I would love to continue the tradition," April said. " I think it would be really awesome to see Emma and Summer's daughters wear the dress. I like the idea of the dress being something with a history that is passed down through the generations."

Ronda agreed.

"There was something special about seeing each of them in the dress and knowing that we all began an important part of our lives wearing it. It is a memory that we now share as a family," Ronda said. "I think it means something special to each of them to be a part of what has become a family tradition. Maybe one day, my great-granddaughters will choose to continue this story. Wouldn't that be neat?"

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