Great Minds are Young

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A calm yet strong personality, a sharp mind, and a great heart; that’s 15-year-old Egyptian Salma Ahmad, one of my special students who never ceased to exceed my expectations, leaving a big mark in my heart and mind!

Tonight, I would like to share with you one of Salma’s lovely creations; a poem she wrote this summer about “Human Nature”


Human nature

I marvel how nature could ever find space

For so many strange contrasts in one human face

There’s thought and no thought, and there’s paleness and bloom

And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.

There’s weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;

Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain

Could pierce through a temper that’s soft to disease,

Would be rational peace—a philosopher’s ease.

There’s indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds,

And full attention ten times as much as there are needs;

Pride where there’s no envy, there’s so much of joy;

And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy.

There’s freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare

Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she’s there,

There’s virtue, the title it surely may claim,

Yet wants heaven to know what is to be worthy the name.

This picture from nature may seem to depart,

Yet Man would at once run away with your heart;

And I for five centuries right gladly would be

Such an odd, such a kind happy creature as he.


Last night I dreamed of my late grandmother! She was living at my aunt’s house wearing a coat that made her invisible for the people that knew she was dead. Only my aunt knew she was always there and could talk to her and hug her and enjoy her company. When I knew she was there I was overwhelmed and hurried to see her. She opened the door for me but she didn’t look like herself. She looked young and her face was very different, but I felt it was her. I hugged her and kissed her real hard. It was a great feeling that filled me with peace and serenity. I then realized how much I missed her and missed her tenderness, support and wisdom!
I asked my aunt how come she was still there while she was supposed to be in heaven. She answered with a smile, “it is God’s will, why should I interfere or question? God knows when to keep her up, and when to send her as my angel to help me and watch over me. I love the fact that she’s still with me; I never feel alone or unprotected.”
I woke up later with a smile on my face and started praying. It was the first time I dream of a dead person or a ghost and don’t panic or freak out, but instead feel positive, protected and peaceful.
I wish my dream comes true and my beloved grandma would be my very special guardian angel that is always around watching over me. I wish that and I know and feel that her beautiful soul is always around watching over us all. I learned a lot from her and still learn every time I remember a word or an act of hers.
I love you sweetest grandma and I miss you tremendously! It’s been seven years since you left us, but you’ve always been in our hearts and minds an extremely vivid image that helped us move on, surmount a lot of difficulties and avoid a lot of mistakes. We all are better people because of you!
I love you and I truly miss you! Keep watching over me and my family 🙂

Shirin Al Ansari is a strong advocate against child abuse. Here’s her own special way to help raising awareness among all age groups and breaking the cycle of child abuse.


My name is Kate

I am eight

My arms are swollen

And my leg is broken

I hear daddy coming,
he is high

I begin to cry

He was sleeping

I had awakened him
with my weeping

He comes and carries me
up high

And lets out a sigh

He then smashes me on
the wooden floor

I try to crawl to
the door

But he grabs my leg

And beats me more

I’m sorry I yelled in
my last breath

As I awaited death

Now I’m with my mummy

In the heavens above

I just wish daddy had
treated me with more love!


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  • Chantal Chahine Assaad: I would be a very flattered proud teacher!!! Thanks Elie and welcome home! 😉😊
  • Elie Abd: Today's my first visit to your blog, and by reading this very first post, I feel like I am home already. Few are the bloggers out there that can reall
  • Chantal Chahine Assaad: Thank you Areej! It means the world to me! keep in touch dear <3
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