Esperanza's mom comes home with a new party dress, socks, and slip for Esperanza. They're going to a baptism party for Esperanza's little cousin.
Esperanza's mom forgot to buy party shoes, so Esperanza has to wear her old brown saddle shoes.
A boy who is Esperanza's cousin by first communion asks her to dance. But she's too ashamed of her clunky shoes, and sits with her feet tucked under her chair.
Uncle Nacho forces Esperanza to get up and dance – as they twirl around the dance floor, Esperanza forgets about her ugly shoes. Everyone admires their fancy moves, and Esperanza is highly aware of her first-communion cousin watching her.