学习啦【英语文摘】 编辑：韦彦 发布时间：2016-08-30
My newlywed husband said the same thing every morning."You're beautiful today."
One glance in the mirror revealed that it was far from the truth.
A skinny girl with mashed hair on one side of her head and no makeup smiled back at me.I could feel my sticky morning breath.
"Liar,"I shot back with a grin.
It was my usual response.My mother's first husband was not a kind man and his verbal and physical abuse forced her and her two children to find a safe place.He showed up on her doorstep one day with roses.She let him in and he beat her with those roses and took advantage of her.Nine months later she gave birth to a lb.13oz.baby girl me.
The harsh words we heard growing up took root.I had trouble seeing myself as someone of value.I had been married two years when I surprised myself.My husband wrapped his arms around me and told me I was beautiful.
"Thank you,"I said.
The same thin girl with the mousy brown hair still stared back at me in the mirror,but somehow the words had finally blossomed in my heart.
A lot of years have passed,My husband has grey in his hair.I'm no longer skinny.Last week I woke up and my husband's face was inches from mine.
"What are you doing?"I asked.
I covered my mouth,trying to hide my morning breath.He reached down and kissed my face.
"What I do every morning,"he said.
He leaves in the early hours of the morning while I sleep.I miss our morning coversations,but I had not realized that he continued to tell me that he loved me even while I slept.When he left,I rolled over and hugged my pillow.I envisioned the picture of me lightly snoring with my mouth open and giggled.
What a man!My husband understands my past.He's been beside me as I have grown from an ensure young girl to a confident woman,mother,speaker and author.
But I'm not sure that he understands the part he played in that transition.The words I heard growing up pierced my soul,yet his words pierced even deeper.
This Anniversary Day I plan to wake early .I want to tell Richard how much I love him.He may look. in the mirror and see an extra pound or two,or wish for the day when his was dark and curly,but all I will see is the man who saw something in me when I couldn't see it myself,and who leaves butterfly kisses,even after twenty-three years of mirriage.
Once upon a time,there was an island where all the feelings lived:Happiness,Sadness,Knowledge,and all of the others,including Love.One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink,so all constructed boats and left,except for Love.
Love was the only one who stayed.Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment.
When the island had almost sunk,Love decided to ask for help.
Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat.Love said,"Richness,can you take me with you?"
Richness answered,"No,I can't.There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat.There is no place here for you."
A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully and before it blossomed,he examined it.
He was the bud that would soon blossom,but noticed thorns upon the stem and he thought,"How can any beautiful flower from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?"Saddened by this thought,he neglected to water the rose,and just before it was ready to bloom,it died.
So it is with people,Within every soul there is a rose.The God-like qualities planted in us at birth,grow amid the thorns of our faults.Many of us look at ourselves and a see only the thorns,the defects.
We despair,thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us.We neglect to water the good within us,and eventually it dies.We never realize our potential.
Some people do not see the rose within themselves;someone else must show it to them.One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns of another,and find the rose within them.
This is one of the characteristics of love ,with love ,we can look at a person and accept that person into our life,knowing their true faults and all the while recognizing the nobility in their soul.We should help others to realize they can overcome their faults.If we show them the "rose"within themselves.they will conquer their thorns .Only then will they blossom many times over.