The Language of Flowers is a book that will give you an appreciation for flowers, new beginnings, and growth in the midst of muddy soil.
The meanings behind flowers, their combinations, and the way the characters use these meanings to communicate. It’s a book about pulling yourself out of the dark until you see the light, until the light becomes a part of you, until you finally become a light to others.
Life Lessons from The Language of Flowers:
Flower Appreciation in The Language of Flowers
I have never been a fan of flowers, but as I was reading the book, I couldn’t resist taking down notes as the characters exchange flowers in an attempt to express themselves and communicate. I never thought it could give that height of ‘kilig.’
The way the characters combined the flowers thoughtfully in order to give the perfect bouquet to the bride or their customers gave me a higher appreciation for florists. It makes me want to go to a flower shop and look at how they actually arrange flowers in real life.
If you are a person who owns a gift shop, it will make you want to add flowers to the products in available to buy in your shop.
*We don’t have to depend on the meanings of these flowers and let them control our decisions. I’m just saying that it is good to be aware of their meanings just in case they may mean something to other people.
The Language of Flowers on Understanding Orphans
The book taught me to understand orphans. It made me want to adopt a child or a teenager when I get old (or filthy rich?!)
The main character, Victoria has been abandoned since birth and the countless of times she was transferred from one home to another showed the reality of what happens inside every household that adopted a child. As a mom, the depth of hurt whenever I see a child without parents always cuts deep into my heart. I know how important a parent’s role is, the support they can give to a child whether financially, emotionally, or spiritually. There has to be someone that a child can lean on as a child, and having none can totally damage them as they grow into adults. The damage does not end with them, it spreads to the people they meet. Unless, someone treats them and shows them pure love or unless they get to experience how it is to be loved. To be loved in such a way that they finally feel they belong to a family.
The story, dramatically showed how hard it is halfway the book and to be honest, I felt I was not prepared to read that part. Victoria’s struggle on how to take care of another being was traumatic even for me, I ended up hugging my 3 yr old so tight after reading those chapters of emotional rollercoasters she was going through as a new mom. I don’t know if reading it as a new mom is a good idea. If you are strong enough, then read. It is that heavy. Now, that I’m writing about it, I want to applaud the author, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, for such well-written chapters that could move the reader to scream in her heart “the baby! the baby!!” until the 2-3 chapters of those suspenseful scenes ended.
Once you have experienced being a bully or being bullied and fully repented, you will do everything for another person not to experience it because you know how it hurts. Elizabeth, one of the most important people behind Victoria showed unconditional love and this pure love she has given to a complete stranger became the very thing that has held Victoria in one strong piece when he went through the worst parts of her life. Unconditional love. Love without conditions, pure and innocent.
Stretching the Process
The Language of Flowers, unlike regular endings of giving you an instant happily ever after, the book didn’t. I was curious at first, but I understood later on why. It was still a good ending, but a stretched and more realistic one. The author showed how people don’t have to grab wonderful things instantly especially when they are not ready. A person can make baby steps in taking in the wonderful things slowly until that person is capable of embracing it as a whole. Okay, I am very careful in my words because I am trying not to spoil a lot of things in the book.
The Language of Flowers book was not originally mine. It was from a friend who left for another place. I saw the book in one of the books to be donated or possibly disposed, and I asked her my friend’s mom if I could have the book instead.
That was 3 years ago. It just so happened that I just finished the Korean series There’s Something with Secretary Kim and I wanted to read something. Maybe it was a way to fill my mind with words and stories in written form. To let my imagination run and be creative. It is my way of balancing my life I guess. Watch something light, read something intellectual or more like a food brain, and so on.
I wasn’t really expecting anything from the book. That was the available novel in my shelf that I haven’t read yet. Since the previous owner of the book was a teenager, I thought it was a book for young adults. I’m glad it was not. Not totally, but I’m glad the book exceeded my expectation for such a genre.
To whom do I recommend the book? To people who loves flowers. haha I guess they would be the first ones I would suggest the book to. Next, would be people who grew up without parents or who felt they had no one beside them growing up. I pray that as they read this book, they would see hope. They would find inspiration that even without proper roots, they can grow. Just like the moss.
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