Margaret Dilloway’s The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns draws the reader into a story of love and friendship. Gal is a lonely biology teacher on Kidney dialysis for over eight years which has slowly taken it’s toll on her spirit. It is her daily routine which involves the tender care and love of her roses which helps to lift the spirits of a tired soul.
The problem for Gal is as much as she works on perfecting her roses she fails to look at the people in her life and only judges them by face value. It is this critical judgement which forces her to see the world only in black and white.
It is when her niece Riley comes to live with her that forces Gal to realizes sometimes we need look beyond the façade and into the depths of people’s hearts.
The moment Gal begins to open her heart she begins to open the process of friendship and love. It is this friendship which will garner her the support she needs to live a more fulfilled life that has the lasting beauty and lingering fragrance of her roses.
Do you observe the world in black and white?
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