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
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 ^_
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.
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