The Inspiration: Who is the woman who wrote such great detail about Sara Crewe's dresses or the beautiful secret garden? What life experiences must have allowed this woman to write about lords and ladies with the same familiarity as the working class? This woman was Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of dozens of books, including the soul murmuring classic, The Secret Garden.
Burnett was born in 1849 in Manchester, England and died in 1924 in New York. She began writing as a teenager to help support her family through tougher times. Although you may not recognize her name now, during her life time she was as well-known as authors today, such as J. K. Rowling. She loved Victorian style clothing, but was not conventional in her life style, and unfortunately, like all true artists and writers, Frances suffered from depression.
The Scene: We can all learn from Fances. A torn heart is one that produces an unending torrent of passion. The Frances Secret Garden decorative sunglasses embrace the enthusiasm and cheerfulness of children moving gleefully through a secret garden, but also comes with the more adult notion that we cannot be as as happy as we seem to be.
As Frances teaches us to balance between the feelings of sorrow and happiness, all we can do is find that same balance in our own souls. The never ending pursuit of good feelings, mixed with the realization and consciousness of our cruel world, is what makes up our own secret gardens.
Make sure you tend to yours.