On September 11, 2001, two sisters from South Africa flew into New York City with 2,400 roses for a flower show, but in the wake of the terrorist attacks they found themselves stranded in the city with all of their roses--and a desire to remember the victims of the attack.
September Roses by Jeanette Winter. As I looked down at the roses, a young man walked to where I stood and told me how they came to be there. Far away in South Africa. He said across the ocean, over the mountains, beyond the desert two sisters lived together and grew roses. Their greenhouse overflowed with roses of every kind-red roses, pink roses, and yellow roses. Roses surrounded their little house and roses brightened every room. Every night the sisters worked on designs for the rose display at the flower show. Far away in New York City. When the designs were finished, they carefully packed 2,400 roses. It was time for their journey. High in the air the two sisters sat dreaming of their roses. Then the sky turned black. Their airplane landed. There were tears enough to fill an ocean. The sisters sat in the airport with their roses all day and all night. There was no place for them to go. “Can I help you?" "I have a place for you to stay?" "How can we repay this kindness?" "Please take our roses we have no use for them now." “I know a place for your roses." The man drove the sisters down through the city to Union Square. "Your roses are needed here.” The sisters knew what to do. They found an empty space on the grass and set to work- placing one rose next to another, and another their hands moving quickly. The grass was soon covered with roses. When the sisters stepped back, there lay the fallen towers and my tears fell on the roses.
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1. Where are the two girls from? What do they grow?
2. How were the girl's flowers used?
3. What happened when the grass was covered with roses?