~Rose in Bloom
So it is with this blooming read, written well over a 100 years ago. This is one quote among many that you will add to your quote book, as there are so many worthy lines, that teach the truths of growing up gracefully just as a sermon would Sunday morning.
Rose in Bloom, written by the beloved author Louisa May Alcott, is a charming tale that centers around the namesake of the title, the story of a girl named Rose who grows from bud, to bloom before our eyes in the books Eight Cousins, and subsequent sequel, Rose in Bloom. In this book Alcott depicts the joys and troubles of growing from girl to woman, that are the same in 1876 as they are today. Coming of age stories are generally universal, the time and surroundings may change, but the emotions, trials, and joys remain the same.
Rose is a young woman that was orphaned as a child and was speedily taken under the wing of a dear and sage Uncle. Her circumstances were considered a hindrance to becoming a respectable woman, yet Rose matches the beauty of her flower name through virtue, etiquette, convictions, and intellect. This book is a triumph of Godly womanhood. It is a picture of set-apart femininity, and it has much to teach the 21st century reader.
Wisdom on Work:
"Young eyes look for a Paradise, and weep when they find a workaday world, which seems full of care and trouble, till one learns to gladden and glorify it with high thoughts and holy living."
Waiting for Love:
"In her eyes love was a very sacred thing; hardly to be thought of till it came, reverently received, and cherished faithfully to the end."
"Remember, my girl, that one may read at forty what is unsafe at twenty, and that we never can be too careful what food we give that precious yet perilous thing called imagination."
"For it is the small temptations which undermine integrity unless we watch and pray and never think them too trivial to be resisted."
How to Win a Feminine Heart:
"It is very unreasonable in us to ask women to be saints, and then expect them to feel honored when we offer them our damaged hearts, or, at best, one not half as good as theirs."
"He knows and He rewards in His own good time. I think a quiet life like this often makes itself felt in better ways than one that the world sees and applauds; and some of the loveliest are never known till they end, leaving a void in many hearts."
I stand in my early twenties, and whisper under my breath, "Oh, I hope I grow up to be like her."This young woman seeks to instill and inspire those who hope to be a few cuts above the worldly rest. The principles are endless, and are wrapped up in such a pretty way, you can't help but feel you are reading this book in the middle of a New England garden full of flowers. I know if you chose to read it you would discover just how many varieties of roses there are, and how beautiful they bloom when they do it according to God's time and will.
The result is truly breathtaking! Happy reading!