Go Learn from the Children

Posted on January 9th, 2009 by A/C

A few days ago, I read something which I found to be one of the most beautiful, innocent and just gorgeous things I have read in a very long time.
The pair identified as Mika and Anna-Lena “are very much in love and decided to get married in Africa where it is warm, taking with them as a witness Anna-Lena’s little sister.

Now this in itself, is nothing new nor very inspiring I guess except for one main thing,
Mika and Anna-Lena are only 6 and 7 years old, Anna’s Little sister is 5 years old.
The Story goes like this..

Two childhood sweethearts, aged six and seven, eloped from Hanover in northern Germany on New Year’s Eve, determined to tie the knot under the African sun, police have said.
As the first dawn of 2009 broke, the trio started to put these plans into action, packing all the essentials for the journey, including “sunglasses, swimming trunks, a lilo, summer clothes and provisions.”
According to
The Guardian newspaper, Anna-Bell told the German television station RTL: “We wanted to get married and so we just thought: ‘Let’s go there.’ ”
Mika said: “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.”
So while their parents slept, the trio left their house in the suburbs of Hanover, walked a kilometre up the road to a tram stop from where they took a tram for the central station.
Waiting for a train to the airport, they aroused the attention of a guard who contacted police.
Two officers managed to convince the young lovers that they would struggle to get to Africa without money or a plane ticket.
As a consolation, the children were given a special tour of the police headquarters at Hanover station where they were especially taken with the detention cells.
Their relieved parents picked them up from the station, the spokesman said, adding: “They can still put their plan into action at a later date.”

The thing which struck me throughout this was the innocence, the total incomprehension of anything to stop them.
True Love or childhood fancy I really don’t care which it is, It is pure, untainted and pure.

“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.”
No thought of how to get the plane, the train, where to stay, food or anything, its simple lets catch a train then a plane unpack and go for a stroll in the sun… just Beautiful.

The innocence of life can get lost in its intricacies of life…

Sometimes we just need to the uncomplicated nature of what we want and go get it….

I would love to see these two in few years do it again, stow away on a boat and walk in the sun in Africa wouldn’t you?

What lesson can we all learn from children?

11 Responses to “Go Learn from the Children”

  1. Jim says:

    A flower smelling sotry AC and feel free to award these two a flower smellers badge!


    Learning fromkids – the innocence, non judgement and living in the moment with full on excitement.

    A shame society feels ‘ being adult’ involves frowning.

    • A/C says:

      I think as adults we take ourselve to seriously sometimes…

      things like this remind me to the KISS principle

      It seems quite easy in theory

  2. Sometimes, keeping it simple is the best thing! This was quite endearing. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Gareth in Thailand says:

    Makes a change from children being smuggled from that region into Europe, maybe that lad has a promising future in the people smuggling game.

    • A/C says:

      A young entrepeneur in the making GIT….
      I shudder to think…

      But perhaps I will overlook it for the time being….


  4. Lib says:

    That’s really cute but I don’t like the way they were referred to as ‘young lovers’ but perhaps thats just my interpretation of what that means.

    I learn something every time I’m with my niece, such as how Adidas trainers should be worn with a princess outfit and that Monsters Inc should be watched 4 times in a row. And that children are sneaky.

    I was babysitting for her during the Xmas period whilst her mum and dad did a late night shop and she simply would not go to bed, fine, stay up til they get back, you’ll soon get bored.

    She didn’t obviously and when she heard their car come down the drive, she looked at me and said, aaah, you’re in trouble.

    She loves me really.

    • A/C says:

      young lovers referring to them as being in love…. what ever that means at their age….

      But beware the clever child…… and your neice sounds like one…
      the stories I could tell….. might one day.. needless to say you name and they have probalby done it or very similar…. lol
      be afraid be very afraid… lol

    • Bo Snr says:

      Hello LIB
      Is it the same Ruby The Kaiser Chiefs sin about ?

  5. Svasti says:

    Thank you for this story of innocence A/C.

    Reminds me of a time when the world was nothing but magic and beauty.

    Reminds me of my adventure – on my orange tricycle as a young un. These were the days where kids could be gone playing the whole day and parents thought nothing of it…

    Convinced I had to ‘learn my way around’ the streets of my local area – to help me for when I’d eventually learn to drive… I decided I’d see if I could find my way to the house of one of my mum’s friends.

    It probably wasn’t that far in reality… to the end of my street, a left turn for a block, another left turn and then a quick right. Several blocks due north.

    How surprised my mum’s friend was I can’t recall. Does your mummy know where you are? Perhaps you should go back home. Thanks for visiting though!

    She didn’t alarm me, and didn’t rat me out to my mum.

    I felt so proud of my navigational skills. To this day I remember the feeling of independence and courage I felt. :)

    • A/C says:

      The days when we were growing up are long in the past I am afraid….

      when kids played outside on their bikes and came home for dinner before dark…. me too…
      My boys I would let out to play new where they where but didnt imposs on them… depending of cause were they where.. I always new what they were up too though… they would the only ones with secret hiding places and spies…lol..
      but you are right that independance goes along way to building a healthy sense of self and confidence….

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