14 February 2009
true love doesn't wait
"we wanted to take the train to the airport, then we wanted to get on a plane and when we arrived we wanted to unpack the summer things and then we wanted to go for a bit of a stroll in the sun."
i was thinking about love and romance this morning, and i remembered this story from the beginning of the year, so i thought it might be nice to share it.
it is the story of two bold and spontaneous lovers leaving behind everything they know and following their dreams to elope in a faraway land.
on new year's eve six year old mika and his five year old sweetheart anna bell secretly packed their suitcases and set off from the german city of hanover to tie the knot under the heat of the african sun.
they decided not to tell their parents because they didn’t think they'd be gone for long, and then left their homes at dawn while their parents were still asleep. they took along mika's seven year old sister, anna lena, as a witness to the wedding.
wearing sunglasses and swimming armbands, and dragging a pink inflatable lilo and wheeling suitcases packed with summer clothes, cuddly toys and a few provisions, they walked a kilometre up the road, boarded a tram to hanover train station and got as far as the express train that would take them to the airport before a suspicious station guard alerted the police.
holger jureczko, a police spokesman, said "what struck us was that the little ones were completely on their own and that they had lots of swimming gear with them," and then went on to describe mika and anna bell as "sweethearts" who had "decided to get married in africa where it is warm, taking with them as a witness mika's sister. mika told the police that he instigated the plan, after having been inspired by a winter holiday with his family in italy.
to allay their disappointment at being caught, hanover police gave them a tour of the police headquarters. brilliant.
anyway, i just thought it was a nice story for this time of year.
i hope you have a happy valentines day