Below are the winning entries for the 2012 Children’s Essay Contest.
To view the other entries for 2012, click here: Children’s Essay Contest – 2012 Entries.
The rose was cut and dropped on the ground.
The leaves from the trees scattered around.
The rain fell softly from the sky
onto the rose that wanted to cry.
The rose had dreamed that one day he’d rest
in a case, on a table, mixed with the best
petals and stems from the garden he grew.
The home life he had was suddenly through.
A chance slip and fall, a bundle lost.
An overlooked rose’s dream the cost.
Beauty in a Rose
It’s like the beauty
Its tranquil smell
Gives way to my nose
That all sins can be forgiven
What a wonderful sight
To lay thine eyes upon
the Beauty of a Rose.
Roses are red
and they are blue
And they can
Be your best friend, too
They smell so sweet
You might want to pick two,
One for me
and one for you,
Because I LOVE YOU!
I love roses because very petal tells a different story. I also adore roses because they are just as dangerous as they are beautiful. The rose is a mystery, which is why we love them. People are curious and roses have provided mystery for centuries. “It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” I think this quote fits a rose perfectly. Roses have thorns and, if you aren’t careful, you can get hurt. They are nice to look at, but difficult to touch because of their thorns.
The rose has also been believed to have mysterious powers. This is seen throughout history when Napoleon gave his offers bags of rose petals to boil in white wine, believing them to cure poisoning. Today roses have become a symbol of love and beauty. “It was created by Cloris, the Greek goddess of flowers, but of a lifeless body of a nymph which she found one day in a clearing in the woods. She asked help of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who gave her beauty; Dionysus, the god of wine, and added nectar to give her a sweet scent; and the three Graces gave her charm, brightness, and joy. Then Zephyr, the West Wind, blew away the clouds so that Apollo, the sun god, could sine and make the flower bloom. And so the Rose was born and was immediately crowned Queen of the Flowers.” – The Language of Flowers (New York: Harmony Books, 1989)
Myths like this one tell how the rose came to be. Many people have different opinions and stories about these gorgeous flowers. This is another reason why I love the rose. There are stories, legends, and myths that have passed down from centuries to try and explain how these flowers came to Earth. Roses are also a reminder that everyone has faults and that we should always see the positive in people. “You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses”, just like this quote says. So next time you see one of these breathtaking flowers, remembers to “take time to smell the roses.” They can change your entire day. This is why I love roses!
Roses are Red
“Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you!” This poem has been used throughout our history to help express the loveliness of roses. I love roses because they are perfect for telling someone you love them. According to William Shakespeare, “A rose by any other name would certainly smell as sweet.” I agree with every word in this quote. The powerful fragrance of roses always stays with you. All of our senses are heightened by roses.
I love roses for many reasons. I love roses because they make an apology seem more sincere. Roses are signs of love and many people receive them on Valentine’s Days, anniversaries, wedding days, and other special events. They make marvelous gifts. Another reason why I love roses is because my grandma grows roses in the front yard so I see, smell, and touch roses all the time. Roses also make great home decorations.
The ‘Double Delight’ rose is my favorite rose. Its fragrance is fruity and sweet. I love this rose because no two are ever alike so then each one is special when you give them to people. The ‘Double Delight’ rose is a great way to tell someone they are one of a kind. I love the colors of the rose, too. The rose starts with a creamy white center and a red frame. As the flower matures, the red expands and there is a burst of color, which my eyes never get tired of seeing.
Roses remind me of many special events. On Valentine’s Day, my dad gave me roses. On my grandma and grandpa’s fiftieth anniversary they got roses as a gift. On my mother’s thirty-seventh birthday my father gave her thirty-seven roses to make that day very special for her.
Roses are special to many people including me. I love roses very much. They are always causing a sensory explosion that I can never forget. Roses are red, violets are blue, my essay is done, and it’s just for you.
Why the Rose is America’s National Flower
I think the rose is America’s National flower for many reasons, one being its many elegant features in nature. I think that because of its fine charm, and magnificent scent, people have started to appreciate its existence. However, not only its because a scent make it admirable, but also its supply of goods that it gives to America. Roses are used in the making of food, perfume, and medicine. Rose hips are sometimes used in the process of making jam, jelly, brewed tea, and syrup. The syrup produced is very rich in vitamins. Rose perfume is made of rose oil and rose water. Rose water is used for cooking, cosmetics, and religious purposes. Also, the rose hip is used as a minor source of vitamin C, and it is being investigated for controlling cancer growth. Roses are used for many other purposes such as decorations, sentimental messages, and enhancing environments. These reasons prove that roses are important to the earth. I believe that people take for granted their beauty and smell and do not realize their usefulness.
Roses come in all shapes and sizes, colors from pink to yellow, and their forms range from spread out to packed tightly together. One thing for certain is the loveliness they share. If you were to look at two different pictures of roses, you would probably be able to pick out about one hundred differences, but I think everyone can agree that no rose is more beautiful than another. In my opinion, America is the same way. Even though we are all completely different in personalities, we all are alike in some way. Consequently, this is why we choose the rose as America’s national flower.
I think America was overjoyed when Ronald Reagan announced the rose as our national flower in 1986, for it is America’s most beautiful, useful, and human related flower, concurrently. Just as the song states, “American the Beautiful,” the same holds true for the beauty of the rose. As Americans we express our emotions of love and friendship with sincere intentions. Roses profess out heartfelt feelings toward others in this same kind and meaningful way.