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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Are souls like flowers? If so, what flower are YOU??: a joyous feminine talk!




An Excerpt from Anne of Avonlea,


The girls left their baskets in Hester's garden and spent the rest of the afternoon rambling in the woods and fields surrounding it, discovering many pretty nooks and lanes.

"Look do you see that poem?" she said suddenly, pointing.

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"Where?" Jane and Diana stared, as if expecting to see Runic rhymes on the birch trees.

"There. . .down in the brook. . .that old green, mossy log with the water flowing over it in those smooth ripples that look as if they'd been combed, and that single shaft of sunshine falling right athwart it, far down into the pool. Oh, it's the most beautiful poem I ever saw."

"I should rather call it a picture," said Jane. "A poem is lines and verses."

"Oh dear me, no." Anne shook her head with its fluffy wild cherry coronal positively. "The lines and verses are only the outward garments of the poem and are no more really it than your ruffles and flounces are YOU, Jane. The real poem is the soul within them . . .and that beautiful bit is the soul of an unwritten poem. It is not every day one sees a soul. . .even of a poem."




"I wonder what a soul. . .a person's soul. . .would look like," said Priscilla dreamily.

"Like that, I should think," answered Anne, pointing to a radiance of sifted sunlight streaming through a birch tree. "Only with shape and features of course. I like to fancy souls as being made of light. And some are all shot through with rosy stains and quivers. . .and some have a soft glitter like moonlight on the sea. . .and some are pale and transparent like mist at dawn."

"I read somewhere once that souls were like flowers," said Priscilla.

"Then your soul is a golden narcissus," said Anne, "and Diana's is like a red, red rose. Jane's is an apple blossom, pink and wholesome and sweet."

"And your own is a white violet, with purple streaks in its heart," finished Priscilla.


-Anne of Avonlea, A golden picnic

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Are souls like flowers as Priscilla said? If so, I wonder what flower YOU are, my lovely feminine sister? Last night, I went to my husband and asked him what he thought I was as a flower. Pondering a little while, he then replied to me that to him, I am a little, white jasmine flower. And I was just thrilled to hear that, for I've always adored the name Jasmine and wished my middle name would be so!!

Then I thought of my dear sisters. What are they? Now I am going to share my impression of you, one by one. Well, to me, Caroline is a light blue violet. Ruthie is a light purple and warmly-moisty hydrangea. Jessica is a white, upright lilium longiflorum. Then Sanae is a light pink star lily (himeyuri) in a remote mountain. Irina is a delicate, purple hyacinth. Our Kegan is a bright sunflower! And Mélanie is a mystic purple wisteria.


So, dear sisters, what do you think? Do you like my impressions? You might want to ask your beloved ones around you (such as your family, friends) their "flower" impressions of you. Please do so, and tell me what they said about you:)


17 comments:

  1. Each sister has unique beauty God has given to her.We all are different,and placed on where God allow us to be to bloom.Isn't it so much blessing?

    Thanks for mentioning!

    Sanae



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    1. Yes, you are right, Sanae. I wrote this article in Japanese as well. I wonder if you have similar "flower impressions" of our dear sisters or you might have different ones. Yeah, just I am curious about it:) much love, Kinuko

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    2. I write about it on your Japanese blog.
      Sorry,my English ability is so limited to write about it here.
      Please read it!

      Sanae

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    3. Good morning, Sanae. Thank you so much. I am going to check it out now:)

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  2. What a lovely story, I like the idea to compare our soul, our inner poem, with flowers.
    I think your husband was SO right by telling you are like jasmine ! This is also the flower I would have chosen for you : white jasmine! I told Mélanie to come and read this post ;-)

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    1. Dear Caro,
      Thank you so much for your loving words! I am so happy to hear that you would have chosen "jasmine" for me, too! I don't know why but whenever I think of you, the image of light blue color comes into my mind. I mean, light blue-sky color....so clean and serene sky! And I believe it is the reflection of your transparent, bright and beautiful heart, Caro. p.s. Thank you for inviting our dear Mélanie to come to this blog. I miss her so much! Love, Kinuko

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  3. I love Anne of Green Gables series. I have visited the Prince of Edward Island. I have seen the house from a distance as well as Avonlea village. I love the contrast between Anne and Diana.
    When I think of you I think of either lily-of-the-valley or jasmine.
    Flowers in so many cases show characteristics of people.

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    1. Dear Irina,
      Oh, thank you for your lovely comment. Yes, I love the contrast between Anne and Diana as well. Thank you so much for telling me that you think of me as either a lily of the valley or jasmine. I am so happy to hear that. You are so right in saying that flowers in so many cases show the characteristics of the people. p.s. Sanae is right in saying that you are like a lavender in the field. Lavender is indeed a very lovely flower.

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  4. Wow! This post was very beautiful! I was so touched by it, Kinuko! Yes, I think each and every lady you mentioned, including you yourself, are special and like flowers. Thank you for thinking of us!
    Jessica

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    1. You know, Jessica. Sanae wrote to me and said you are like a veronica. Just look at the pictures below. Their blue color is other-worldly and so beautiful!
      http://www.asergeev.com/pictures/k/Veronica_Flowers.htm

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    2. Even though I read your comment, Kinuko, the same day you wrote it, I didn't look up the picture of the flower until today. Yes, those flowers ARE beautiful, and it touches me deeply that Sanae thinks of me like that!

      So, thank you, Sanae!
      And thank you again, Kinuko, for writing this sweet article!
      Jessica

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    3. You are welcome, my dear Jessica:) Hug & kisses, Kinuko

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    4. Dear Jessica,I noticed your comment now.You are welcome! I remember the origin of name of the flower Veronica,remembering you.Veronica is considered as a woman who gave her handkerchief to Jesus Christ when He goes to Calvary.Many cathoric believers respect her.

      I'm glad you liked my selection,thank a lot!

      Sanae



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  5. Dear Kinuko,
    I absolutely love this! I looked up each individual flower online and saw delicate beauty in every one. Then I searched for what they looked like when combined in flower arrangements, and all I can is stunning, just stunning. Our souls are being knit together in Christ :)
    Love, Ruthie

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    1. Oh, Ruthie, you are so right! When all combined in flower arrangement, it is indeed stunning! Thank you so much for your beautiful explanation. from your sister who loves you and respects you, Kinuko

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    2. I LOVE what Ruthie wrote! Yes, we're different from each other and uniquely individual, yet form a beautiful bouquet when combined together! I'll have to remember that!
      Jessica

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    3. Ruthie,you expressed His truth in so beatiful expressions.Combined in flower arrangement..being knit together in Christ..Yes,it's true.I think that you are also so beautiful flower in His eye.

      Sanae

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