Girl with the RoseThe true nature of a heart is seen in its response to      the unattractive.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
John Blanchard stood up from thebench, straightened his Armyuniform, and studied the crowd ofpeople making their way throu...
Taking a book off the shelf hefound himself intrigued, not withthe words of the book, but withthe notes penciled in the ma...
With time and effort he located heraddress. She lived in New York City.He wrote her a letter introducinghimself and inviti...
Blanchard requested a photograph,but she refused. She felt that if hereally cared, it wouldnt matterwhat she looked like. ...
"Youll recognize me," she wrote,"by the red rose Ill be wearing onmy lapel." So at 7:00 he was in thestation looking for a...
A young woman was coming towardme, her figure long and slim. Herblonde hair lay back in curls from herdelicate ears; her e...
Almost uncontrollably I made onestep closer to her, and then I sawHollis Maynell. She was standingalmost directly behind t...
I felt as though I was split in two, sokeen was my desire to follow her,and yet so deep was my longing forthe woman whose ...
I did not hesitate. My fingersgripped the small worn blueleather copy of the book that wasto identify me to her. This woul...
"Im Lieutenant John Blanchard, andyou must be Miss Maynell I am soglad you could meet me; may I takeyou to dinner?" The wo...
"Its not difficult to understand andadmire Miss Maynells wisdom.The true nature of a heart is seenin its response to the u...
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Girl With The Rose

  1. 1. Girl with the RoseThe true nature of a heart is seen in its response to the unattractive.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  2. 2. John Blanchard stood up from thebench, straightened his Armyuniform, and studied the crowd ofpeople making their way throughGrand Central Station. He lookedfor the girl whose heart he knew,but whose face he didnt, the girlwith the rose. His interest in herhad begun thirteen months beforein a Florida library. CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  3. 3. Taking a book off the shelf hefound himself intrigued, not withthe words of the book, but withthe notes penciled in the margin.The soft handwriting reflected athoughtful soul and insightfulmind. In the front of the book, hediscovered the previous ownersname, Miss Hollis Maynell. CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  4. 4. With time and effort he located heraddress. She lived in New York City.He wrote her a letter introducinghimself and inviting her tocorrespond. The next day he wasshipped overseas for service inWorld War II. During the next yearand one month the two grew toknow each other through the mail.Each letter was a seed falling on afertile heart. A romance wasbudding. CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  5. 5. Blanchard requested a photograph,but she refused. She felt that if hereally cared, it wouldnt matterwhat she looked like. When theday finally came for him to returnfrom Europe, they scheduled theirfirst meeting - 7:00 PM at theGrand Central Station in New York. CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  6. 6. "Youll recognize me," she wrote,"by the red rose Ill be wearing onmy lapel." So at 7:00 he was in thestation looking for a girl whoseheart he loved, but whose facehed never seen.Ill let Mr. Blanchard tell you whathappened: CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  7. 7. A young woman was coming towardme, her figure long and slim. Herblonde hair lay back in curls from herdelicate ears; her eyes were blue asflowers. Her lips and chin had agentle firmness, and in her pale greensuit she was like springtime comealive. I started toward her, entirelyforgetting to notice that she was notwearing a rose. As I moved, asmall, provocative smile curved herlips. "Going my way, sailor?" shemurmured. CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  8. 8. Almost uncontrollably I made onestep closer to her, and then I sawHollis Maynell. She was standingalmost directly behind the girl. Awoman well past 40, she hadgraying hair tucked under a wornhat. She was more than plump, herthick-ankled feet thrust into low-heeled shoes. The girl in the greensuit was walking quickly away. CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  9. 9. I felt as though I was split in two, sokeen was my desire to follow her,and yet so deep was my longing forthe woman whose spirit had trulycompanioned me and upheld myown. And there she stood. Herpale, plump face was gentle andsensible, her gray eyes had a warmand kindly twinkle. CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  10. 10. I did not hesitate. My fingersgripped the small worn blueleather copy of the book that wasto identify me to her. This wouldnot be love, but it would besomething precious, somethingperhaps even better than love, afriendship for which I had been andmust ever be grateful. I squared myshoulders and saluted and held outthe book to the woman, eventhough while I spoke I felt chokedby the bitterness of mydisappointment. CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  11. 11. "Im Lieutenant John Blanchard, andyou must be Miss Maynell I am soglad you could meet me; may I takeyou to dinner?" The womans facebroadened into a tolerant smile. "Idont know what this is about, son,"she answered, "but the young lady inthe green suit who just went by, shebegged me to wear this rose on mycoat. And she said if you were to askme out to dinner, I should go and tellyou that she is waiting for you in thebig restaurant across the street. Shesaid it was some kind of test! CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  12. 12. "Its not difficult to understand andadmire Miss Maynells wisdom.The true nature of a heart is seenin its response to the unattractive."Tell me whom you love,"Houssaye wrote, "And I will tell youwho you are." CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
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