March 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Today is incredibly busy which means I have an incredibly short amount of time for a blog post.  Just to keep you entertained, here’s a sad yet inspirational article I came across on the New York Times website today.


I know, I know, I really should be able to insert a link here.  Trust me, I’ve been trying.  If someone can explain it to me, I am all ears – I know it’s an easy thing to do but every time I try, I’m thwarted.  Stupid internet.  Anyway, just copy and paste that link, I promise it’s worth it.

If you’re too lazy for that, at least read this.  The article is about a little girl named Nujood who lives in Yemin.  At the tender age of 10, she was forced to marry a man in his 20’s.  This is not an unusual practice in many parts of the world but that doesn’t make it right.  This girl decided to go to a judge and ask for a divorce, which is relatively unheard of in this type of situation.  The divorce was granted and she has written a book about her experience.  I know I’ve just summed up the article here but it’s a really interesting read and I suggest you check it out.  Her book is going on my to-read list for sure.

I know things in America aren’t always peachy keen, but seeing something like this really drives home how lucky we are.  I don’t really like the idea of marriage even when it’s a contract entered into by two free, like-minded individuals.  I absolutely detest the idea of someone being forced into such a situation and it makes me extremely glad that it’s not something I have to worry about.  However, there are little girls everywhere for whom this is a reality, and it shouldn’t go unnoticed.  Good for this young woman for standing up for herself and I only hope it encourages others to try to do the same.

Count your blessings and enjoy your weekend!

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