Quote from “Three Cups of Tea”

The author, Greg Mortenson, describes a hospitable Balti woman:  “Mortenson thought that Sakina had perhaps the kindest face he’d ever seen.  It was wrinkled in a way that suggested smile lines had set up camp at the corners of her mouth and eyes, then marched toward each other until they completed their conquest.”  [quote taken from Three Cups of Tea – One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin]

At first when I read the description used to describe Sakina, I was unimpressed and felt he was a touch unkind.  It wasn’t until I re-read the line prior to his succinct facial description that I, too, smiled.  I wouldn’t mind someone describing me in a similar manner.  Having the kindest face anyone had ever seen would be a compliment most high in my estimation.  I could put up with a few wrinkles in that case!


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