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13th Century Fairytale, illustrated by globalresidence.me

13th century fairy tale illustrated by globalresidence.me

Long, long ago, there lived a ruler in the (not so 😉 ) faraway kingdom of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

As a strong and wise ruler, he had everything that any man could ever want in his life, everything that is except for a child.

So one day, this king decided to adopt a child. However, he did not want just any child. Being a wise ruler, he wanted to adopt the most honest child he could find in the land.

There upon, he asked for all the children in the land to be brought before him. And to each child, he gave a seed. He told them that only the child who honestly worked hard at planting the given seed and grew the most beautiful flower will be adopted as his ward.

Many children in the land became very busy planting and soon buds began to appear in their flower pots. All except for one tiny child, who started crying because he could not see anything grow from his flower pot.

This child had been working very hard planting and watering the seed but nothing grew in his pot.

His mother wiped his tears gently away and told him to try again by putting it into another bigger pot. He tried again and again but to no avail.

Soon the king summoned all the children to bring their plants before him. All the children proudly showed him their beautiful and splendid flowers. All save the little boy, who was now sobbing very hard.

The king asked the boy why he was crying. The little boy trembled in fear, thinking he had failed in his task. He told the king fearfully that he had tried many times. He had also replanted the seed in different pots but  it still wouldn’t grow.

Smiling and holding the tiny hand of the little boy, the king led him gently to the front of the waiting crowd. He announced to them that this would be the chosen child. Everyone gasped in surprise and wondered.

The king explained that all the seeds given were cooked seeds and therefore could not have grown into plants and bear flowers. Thus, he had chosen the little boy  as the child he wanted to adopt.

All in the land wondered and rejoiced for having such a wise ruler. As for the little boy…. . Well, he grew up to be another wise and strong ruler.  Perhaps another story then…..

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. – Dwight D Eisenhower

Ps- This story was passed down from generations to generations since 13th century and was recently written in the local language. Hope you enjoy my translation of this old tale. Wishing all a great week ahead. 🙂

Against All Odds!!!

  

  

  

  

This inter-schools competition is held yearly between all schools under the Bosna Sema Education Institute Organisation. There are now 7 schools in total ranging from pre-schools to higher education learning. Students representing their schools came together to compete in activities with English as the main theme. The Head Director friendly reminder for all students to remember to have fun and that the purpose is not just to win competitions made this competition appropriately named Funglish.

But what impressed us the most was the sporting spirit of students from other schools coming personally to congratulate my daughter.

For after all, wasn’t it Aristotle who once said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all!”


“creativity now is as important in education as literacy.” -Ken Robinson

Street performance, Mepas Mall, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegvina

Street performance, Mepas Mall, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegvina

We have often believe this and have therefore tried to expose our daughter to many creativity experiences.

In Mostar, there are classes held on creative dance, ballet and ballroom dance, etc.

Sometimes, on cool evenings in front of Mepas Mall, one can enjoy performances by these different dance clubs.

These classes are relatively new start-ups, but surprisingly have won recognition among European countries.

A great way to spend your time here productively could be as simple as taking short creativity classes.

Below video attached was taken recently, enjoy and wishing all Happy Spring!

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