Thursday, December 11, 2014

A DAY OF CELEBRATION


How wonderful that Malala Yousafzai received a Nobel Peace Prize today, the youngest Nobel Peace laureate in history.
Here she is at the Award Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
This 17 year old Pakistani girl is a rare creature, a gift to humanity...


My sister gave me Malala's book for my birthday and it is inspirational.
As the world knows, Malala is an advocate for children's education, particularly girls in her homeland of Swat, Pakistan.
From the age of about 10 she gave interviews and speeches - and wrote a blog - and when the Taliban came to her city and began to bomb and close schools, she was unafraid to speak out.
In 2012, aged 14, she was shot in the head when a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus.  
Malala was already well-known for her work, and now the world knew about the brave Pakistani girl who stood up to the Taliban.
Close to death she was air-lifted to Birmingham, England, awakening 16 days later after numerous operations, to find herself in an alien (for her) world.
She was later joined by her family, and while they desperately miss their homeland, they continue to live in the UK, as it is unsafe to return home.
Malala continues her fight for a child's right to education.

Her book, co-authored with Patricia McCormick, gives an insight into her bright intelligence and unusual maturity, a girl who will live an inspirational life, whatever she decides to do.


Today we celebrate our 43rd Wedding Anniversary.
We are both extremely grateful to be here, together, and in good health after all these years.  Our children and grandchildren are our pride and joy, and we need little else to celebrate our life.
Small gifts and cards were exchanged, mine being a Pedicure at the local salon.  Now my toenails are bright Christmas red, OPI Koala Beary...
the colour of this geranium.


And in one more celebratory event, in Monaco twins were born:
Gabriella and Jacques, born to Princess Charlene and Prince Albert, at the Princess Grace Hospital.
Though born a few minutes after Gabriella, Jacques is the official Heir to the Monaco throne, according to Monaco law.


The world has watched and wondered about Albert and Charlene...


Here's wishing them every happiness with their perfect little family,
a little Prince and a little Princess.


Happy Celebrating, and hope your Christmas preparation is going well.

XXXX









30 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary Patricia, and many more!
    Re Malala we need people like her to speak up for human rights, even though it could be argued that her co-winner, Kailash Satyarthi deserved it even more with his work against child slavery in India. He is a quiet achiever but I wonder if Malala will end up in politics. She certainly has amazing eloquence and public presence..

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    1. Thank you Valerie, oops I meant to mention Kailash Satyarthi, and the fact there were joint winners. I too have been struck by the eloquence of Malala, who certainly appears to be a born politician.

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  2. Trish, what a lovely post. Lots of lovely things to celebrate for sure. There is finally an heir to the throne in Monaco, such a beautiful little place in the world. And happiest of anniversaries to you. I'll be your pinkies are really pretty! I'll have to get the book from Malala to read her entire story.

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    1. Thank you Linda, we enjoyed our anniversary in a simple way, happy we reached 43. Malala's book is quick to read, but gives an insight into her thinking and character.

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  3. A lovely post, Patricia. I need to buy Malala's book too. Her story needs to be read and spread - such a remarkable girl and so courageous! Happy anniversary to you and your husband. A time to celebrate for sure. How blessed we are to live in comfort and relative safety!

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    1. I so agree, Val, Malala's book and story need to spread around the world, because she has a bright future as a leader in her country - when she can return! She reminds one of so many other charismatic leaders who experienced long periods abroad. No doubt she will finish a University education in the UK then go on to bigger things. We are indeed blessed to live in safe countries.

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  4. Many congratulations on your anniversary Patricia. Ours was 44 this year - where did all those years go! It certainly was wonderful that Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize, she definitely deserved it. I remember when she was airlifted here to the UK and reading about her bravery. I must get the book. P x

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    1. Twins, we are practically twins P.! Don't know about you, but we think we are just the same young things inside.
      Malala's win is well-deserved and will highlight her campaign for children's education. You will enjoy the book.

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  5. extremely happy for Malala ! she really deserve it !
    and congratulation for your 43 anniversary, this is fantastic !
    Next year I'll be 25 :-) .............. no bad ! ciao

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    1. Thank you Massimo, yes Malala deserves the prize, which will highlight her good work.
      The first 25 years are the hard work in marriage - plain sailing thereafter :) Not bad at all ...ciao

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  6. My congratulations to You and Your husband on Your Anniversary Day!

    I have not followed the Royals for some time now, so twins did come as a surprise.

    The Nobel Peace prize is a great honor to receive. I´m glad Malala received it this year.

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    1. Thank you Mette, we enjoyed our Anniversary Day.
      Twins were a surprise, no? They seemed to have difficulties becoming parent, so nice to have the perfect family in one go!
      Nobel Peace prize is respected world-wide - good for Malala.

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  7. Congratulations on your anniversary. I hope that you have many more happy years of marriage to come. A wonderful and inspiring post today! Thank you. xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, I hope for many more years too!
      Thank you for dropping by xx

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  8. Many congratulations to you both on your 43rd wedding anniversary.
    Malala is an extraordinary young girl, I heard her talking last night, and she said her ambition is to go into politics and become leader of Pakistan.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary for your good wishes.
      Yes, I have also seen some interviews of Malala and she is strikingly articulate and mature, quite extraordinary. I was amazed to read she was a public figure in her own area from age 10. She will almost certainly become leader of Pakistan if she continues on her path.

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  9. A much deserved and wonderful recipient! Happy Anniversary to you both and many more to celebrate xxx

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    1. Thank you Michelle - every year is a bonus! xxx

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  10. Happy Wedding Anniversary - gosh, what a wonderful life of years together. I hope there are many more.

    Malala is an amazing young woman, I understand she manages all her studies in Birmingham, and also continues her mission. What courage she has shown and continues to have.

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    1. Thank you Sarah-Liz, it is hard to believe it is 43 years, because we think we are still young, of course!
      We will all watch Malala's journey from now on, I think. She seems quite fearless, a wonderful quality in a gifted girl.

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  11. Loved the way Malala described herself as 'stubborn', amongst many other things. Looks like the world needs more 'stubborn'. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary.

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    1. Yes, I like the way Malala seems to make a point of showing herself to be a normal teen, although she is so much more than that.
      Thank you for your good wishes, Katharine.

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  12. Happy anniversary! Good health, children and grandchildren are, indeed, the best gifts one could ever hope for.

    Malala is quite an amazing girl. Maybe some day in the future Pakistan might be a country she can safely return to, but at this point it's hard to imagine.

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    1. Thank you Kristie - we are going well, and counting our blessings.
      It is so sad Malala can't go home to her beautiful valley, and may not for many years. My guess is she will use the time to go to Oxford for an education and become a politician in exile. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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  13. Happy Anniversary to the Cardinals. These milestones are always important but seem even more precious as we get older.

    I think I will order the book Malala wrote. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    Darla

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    1. Thank you Darla, you are absolutely right - more precious every year.
      Malala's book is very interesting, it gives an insight into what is going on in her mind; I am sure the future will be even more interesting.

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  14. Happy anniversity to Mr. & Mrs. C!!! Love the festive tea set!!

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    1. Hi Debra, and thank you. The tiny tea set is for the Christmas Fairy...

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  15. It is poignant reading this post only a short time after the dreadful attack on the school in Pakistan and realising yet again how hard it is in so many parts of the world for children to get the education they need and deserve.

    Thanks to FB I've already sent you anniversary greetings and I'm glad you had such a happy celebration.

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    1. Oh, the Pakistan event is unbelievably awful, isn't it? Coming right after reading Malala's book, I was so saddened to hear the escalation of such attacks on schools and schooling. It seems the world is going backwards.
      Every anniversary is special, as we get older, don't you think?
      Thank you for your greetings, Perpetua.

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