Timberley read Uncle Tom’s Cabin a while back and found a passage that made us weep. She reminded me of it today in an email. The character’s name is Eva, but Timberley changed the name in her quote to read about Anna.
Has there ever been a child like Anna? Yes, there have been; but their names are always on grave-stones, and their sweet smiles, their heavenly eyes, their singular words and ways, are among the buried treasures of yearning hearts. In how many families do you hear the legend that all the goodness and graces of the living are nothing to the peculiar charms of one who is not. It is as if heaven had an especial band of angels, whose office it was to sojourn for a season here, and endear to them the wayward human heart, that they might bear it upwards with them in their homeward flight. When you see that deep, spiritual light in the eye,–when the little soul reveals itself in words sweeter and wiser than the ordinary words of children,–hope not to retain that child; for the seal of heaven is on it, and the light of immortality looks out from its eyes.