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A thirteenth century fairy tale …

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. 🙂

In celebration of Women’s Day…..

Handcrafted chocolates, delicious muffins, exotic orchids ....

Handcrafted chocolates, delicious muffins, exotic orchids ….

When you see abundance of flowers selling on the streets and in every possible shops in Bosnia & Herzegovina, it is very apparent to all that Women’s Day has arrived. Valentine’s Day is celebrated here as well as Teachers’ Day but this is the day to celebrate not just with mothers, teachers, but with all women in each individual’s respective life.

Traditionally, it is the most celebrated amongst the three events. Flowers are given customarily to women. Gifts are sometimes given instead. Flowers don’t come in bouquet forms necessarily. They also come in little pots. Working women sometimes are given gifts from their employers. School children usually bring small gifts to their teachers. Or in our case, parents with children in the same class got together to get gifts for the class teachers. It is always a great excuse to visit one’s favourite chocolate boutique! 😉

I was most delighted to receive a red rose from one of the cafes I regularly frequented. 😊

What better way to start a day than with a great coffee, catching up with lady friends and receiving a rose @ one of your favourite cafe!

Wishing all ladies A HAppy Women’s Day! 💋

Ps :

  • For info on handcrafted chocolates, macaroons, etc.,  click on the following link.
  • For great muffins & cakes, you will be able to find them in Inga Cake Boutique in one of the small alleys on Fejceva Street.

 

“…Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember…” – Buddy Valastro

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Every year, I tell my daughter that we might not have a birthday party next year. That the most important thing is that we have each other and our health. I felt that it was detriment to her well-being to know that ….

“Not everything in life one have to have. If it is very important, one can always work towards it.”

This year, we planned her birthday celebration a week after and we did not tell her until 2 days before the event. I am most proud that my daughter accepted the fact of no birthday party with stoic bravery. She made me laugh when she said she didn’t mind not having a party but when her friends started to ask her details of her birthday party. Her exact words: ” Earth, swallow me!” with a comical expression cracked me up. Her friends asked a day before her birthday. Used to giving, she had difficulty not having any to give. Other than that she was okay with a homemade meringue for her birthday.

You can imagine her surprise when we told her that she would be having her birthday party after all!

For her birthday cake, we ordered from the very same cake shop that we had previously ordered thrice from.

What can we say, excepting that we find ourselves very blessed to find a baker who is as thrilled as us over the creation of the birthday cake and the event.  Every time, we sent in our request, she and her team members would always be up for the challenge. This year, the baker and her team again exceeds our expectations.

My daughter’s excited squeals when she saw the cake, ” On my god! My cake is a carriage!!!” The children vying each other for the different parts of the cake and the floating balloons, the adults getting comfy and having a cozy chat made this a perfect event.

A dream is a wish your heart makes when you are fast asleep. –  Cinderella, Disney.

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PS- For those interested in the baker’s address, click on the following link. Wishing All Happy Holidays! 

https://globalresidence.me/2014/04/20/its-all-about-the-memories/

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