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Monday, January 4, 2016

The Little Prince Leaves the Troublesome Rose on B612 By A Passing Flock of Seagulls After Sheltering Her From Drafts

A good friend shared this with me as a poignant and fitting end to 25 years, give or take a few months, with a Troublesome Rose of my own after taking care of necessary business like protecting her from baobabs, volcanoes, and those dreadful drafts. Presumably, it is the last we see of the Little Prince as Saint Ex, the writer is called for short, disappeared and perished for the last time somewhere over the Mediterranean Sea in his plane in 1944. Having crashed in the North African Saharan desert earlier was the source of his story "The Little Prince." The Troublesome Rose he tended to represented his wife, Consuelo.

The story's essence is contained in the lines uttered by the fox to the little prince: On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. ("One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.")[14] Other key thematic messages are articulated by the fox, such as: Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé. ("You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.") and C'est le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose qui fait ta rose si importante. ("It is the time you have lost for your rose that makes your rose so important.") -- Wikipedia