some news and a picture 05/09/14

helloooooo friends ^_^ i am a little excited today, today i went and managed to enrol at college finally able to achieve one of my life goals – to study counselling with the aim of becoming a bereavement counsellor, so yup today i took children to school and popped in the college and was able to find the right course and tutor and enroll and even though it was only three years ago i gained my diploma there things had changed quite a lot! This time around i found it even more approachable and friendly and welcoming and they even have finance options available which helped me a lot it costs a lot of money to follow the course of study i want but they were fabulous and helped me all the way so on the 17th of september i officially start my studies woohoo ! Luckily my diploma came in very handy as they were able to start me at a higher level so i was entered straight in a grade three which in real terms means i had just saved about two years of study, so glad my diploma was actually useful for once !  for those wanting to understand the background of my choice of study you can read about it here

why i want to become a bereavement counsellor

i warn you though it’s not nice, some things in life are just crap and all we can do is deal with them

 

so the kids are back at school i am back at college and i am still working on the end of my latest book life goes on ^_^

now hows about a picture for today ^_

so beautiful

so beautiful

this picture is hauntingly beautiful the girl looks so serene and one can almost fancy she looks happy peaceful yet she is someone many of you may well have not only met her exact likeness but may even have kissed her!

some background ;-

Her enigmatic smile is known to millions around the world and she has been kissed billions of times.

This is the face behind first-aid mannequin Rescue Annie.

But behind her peaceful expression lies a story shrouded in rumours of heartbreak and tragedy.

For the beautiful face used as the model for medical workers learning how to give the ‘kiss of life’ is also known as ‘L’Inconnue de la Seine’ – or ‘the unknown woman from the Seine’.

According to popular myth, at the end of the 19th century, a young girl’s lifeless body was pulled from Paris’s Quai François Mitterrand, which was then called Quai du Louvre.

As no signs of violence could be found on her, it was decided she had committed suicide, with some stories suggesting it was a case of unrequited love that prompted her death.

Because no one could identify her, a plaster mask of her face was made and hung outside a shop door.

Her delicate beauty became popular with artists and writers, who fabricated stories about the cause of her suicide.

Generations later she was still inspiring those fascinated by her mysterious story, and a practical – and life-saving – use was found for her fair visage.

According to his company website Asmund Laerdal, the founder of Laerdal Medical, based in Stavanger, Norway, became a pioneer for making resuscitation aids out of soft plastic.

A user of CPR, in the 1950s he developed Resusci Annie, otherwise known as Rescue Annie, a life-like mannequin used to train people in mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

His website says he was so moved by the unknown woman’s tragic background, he adopted her mask for his first-aid doll.

He was convinced that if a mannequin was life-like, students would be determined to learn the lifesaving procedure.

Millions have been taught how to breathe life into the face of the girl who is believed to have taken her own, making her the most kissed girl in the world.

source

So sad to be so well known and yet have nothing of your own life no details not even a name to be known by, i wonder should there become any recognition of the idea of a continued existence after death, i know not many would hold with such an idea but humour me for a moment and imagine along with me her beautiful face watching the years go by and seeing how from her lonely and tragic death leads to her becoming an essential part of something used the world over to help save lives, how odd it would seem to her to watch so many people around the world, see her face, kiss her lips and perhaps the most poignant; to practice how to save a life on her likeness yet none could actually save her. Had she been a victim of unrequited love? had she dreamed of, or longed for one small kiss and yet over many years and from many different people she becomes the most kissed woman in history, would she think fate cruel? ironic? or would she still wear that beautiful smile and that serene peaceful expression. I hope so, I hope she would appreciate that her beautiful smile inspired someone to produce an essentially life saving piece of equipment and that even though her own life ended so tragically her beautiful serene face helped save many lives.

love and peace be with you all

k

x

 

 

 

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12 responses

  1. COngratulations – I’m so happy that you’re going to start the school year too!!! 🙂 ANd I Think you’ll be a fantastic counselor!

    1. thank you my gorgeous mims i will still write as well i am so lucky in that i only have to attend one afternoon a week so leaves me plenty of time for writing and blog etc i am so excited to finally start my study i know it will be difficult in places but i am looking forward to the challenge and thank you my wonderful mims for your support and kind words you give me this wonderful support and help me believe in my self and i really will work as hard as i can to be the best counsellor i can be i am just itching to get started i have to wait until the 17th though that’s the official date of the first lesson i shall have to exercise patience ^_^ i used the last of my money buying some psychology books i am now waiting on them to arrive ^_^ love you mims love and hugs always my sweetest sister xx

  2. What fantastic news! I am so excited for you and truly proud of your continuing your quest for your dreams. Such an inspiration you are! You are going to be a great counselor…with your heart, your empathy, and your way of seeing things as they are will do very well for you in this field. Congratulations my sweet friend.

    This story of rescue Annie is so touching and one I never knew, even though I am one of the multitudes who have kissed her face. Thanks for the beautiful share… xoxo

    1. hi my dearest rhinda and thank you for your lovely lovely words i will always maintain that it is due to yours and mims unending and wonderful supoort that i have the confidence to go ahead in areas where before i felt i couldn’t so it is i who should thank you and i will always appreciate your wonderful friendship my dearest rhinda i cannot stop long i have just had the most amazing rush of ideas on how to work out books two and three of my trilogy so i am off to write and draw the cover of book one luckily i was reading and watching some physics stuff and it all came to me in a classic lightbulb moment ^_^ so love and hugs my dearest i hope you have a fab sunday xx

      1. I love your unending enthusiasm! Hope the lightbult moment turned out to be very enlightening! love you xoxo

  3. Aren’t you a fiesty one. Congratulations on signing up for college. Woo hoo. Awesome.
    A sad story and informative. I had nooooo idea about how Rescue Annie, the life-like mannequin used to train people in mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. 😮

    1. i always found it amazing to see such a picture hold so much depth and then to know why and like all the best stories the essential details are kept from us those mysteries we love best are always the unsolvable ones ^_^ and thank you my lovely adopted third sister for your kind words i am most excited about college i do thrive in an academic environment its the learning i soak it up and ask for more ^_^ i hope you have a superfab sunday my lovely love and hugs x

      1. I am amazed at how much more I am interested in learning new things unlike when I went to school many moons ago.
        🙂 Were you like that or did you always like school?

      2. i didn’t actually attend school when i was a child i had a slightly different childhood to most from being an adult i have been attending courses on and off i have more or less gained qualifications i hoped were useful -which is why i was glad i gained my diploma in nursing it helped a lot in this counselling course, but on the whole i do love learning and i am very competitive with myself i do not care how well others do or how well i do compared to them i never compare myself to others but i do compare all my efforts against myself i have to improve and i have to gain the highest i can acheive and often push myself beyond my known boundaires just because i like to break my previous boundaries i like improving myself and i love researching and i soak up facts like a sponge so in a sense its good i do go to college because when i don’t i still soak up learning and become full of useless information ^_^ at least this way i a, full of information that i can hopefully put to good use ^_^ lovely to hear from you but i have to dash off again already my youngest has gone and turned up the tv so loud i reckon they can hear it in the next town! ^_^ love and hugs my dearest have a great day tomorrow and sweet dreams tonight x

      3. I can’t believe how we are the same about challenging ourselves about learning.You can’t care about anyone else anyway because you don’t hear about their marks, do you? We don’t. It’s all about our personal best now. Awesome.
        Keep smiling Kizzy and do good. ❤

  4. Congrats on signing up for college, and I found this post about Rescue Annie to be beautiful. I’m sure you will be a great bereavement counsellor!

    1. thank you my friend i will certainly do my very best and to annie to be so inspirational yet never know it such a story is truly among the best in human language i often how many have been so distraught as to end this life and how would they have felt i they knew how inspirational they were, its painful that humans rarely tell each other just how much they are valued, i hope you have a lovely sunday karen my friend love and peace be with you x

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