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The author's colleague's wife visited his house and was full of admiration that the author' wife was so wonderful. She did the housework and took care of the children. She was a very efficient worker and on top of all that she even grew roses. Everyone was so surprised and thought the roses were magnificent. Since then, every year, when the roses began to bloom in early May, his wife would cut them and, beaming with pleasure, took them to her office and put them on her desk. Years have passed. The author's wife became ill, left her job before retirement and passed away. The author had already stopped growing roses. One by one, the untended rose shrubs withered away. Only one rose shrub called 'Peace' survived. The rose that no one cuts any more sheds its petals at the end of the branch.

Keywords: admiration; bloom; efficient worker; petals; retirement; roses



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