“We have a large pink rose bush outside the little balcony, and several red rose bushes beside the garden wall. As soon as we entered the breakfast room the three children rushed through the window to the balcony, and I after them to prevent involuntary suicide. I would then pick the pink roses that had blossomed overnight, dividing them with strict fairness; when one child would spy a red rose below and ‘speak for it.’ Instantly there would be a mad rush through the window, I usually stepping heavily on the particular bunny who was most obviously under my feet, and away they would tear through the front door to the garden, while I bellowed to keep off the wet grass; and as the bushes were mostly inaccessible from the path I would find them all dancing like little bears, waiting for me to devise some means of getting them across. Then, each with a handful of roses, and two or three extra for Ethel, by whom they were joined upstairs they would rush in to give them to their mother.”
Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt, April 13, 1894. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University. Electronic copy sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. For reproduction or publication permission, contact the Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library.