A Letter From Virginia

Dear Editor:

I am 8 years old.

Some of my little friends say there is no purpose to a rose show,

Papa says "If you see it in Rose Exhibitors' Forum it's so."

Please tell me the truth; is there a purpose to a rose show?


Virginia, your little friends are wrong.  They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age.  They do not see except what they believe.  They think that nothing can be which is not fully comprehensible by their little minds.  All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little.  In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a purpose to a rose show.  It exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.  Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no rose shows!  It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.  There would be no faith in the perfection of the rose then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.  The eternal light with which roses fill the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in rose shows!  You might as well not believe in Santa Claus.  You might get your rose society to schedule lectures, garden tours and non-competitive displays of roses, but even if they did, what would that prove?  Nobody knows the potential beauty of the rose unless the most wonderful roses are displayed and evaluated by a set standard of their perfection.  The most beautiful roses in the world are those that are seen at a rose show.

No rose shows!  Thank God, they live and they will live forever.  A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, they will continue to make glad the hearts of those that love the Queen of Flowers.