(Cross-posted on Jacob's Blog.)
I had a very busy schedule yesterday. Even so, just before noon, I had a sudden urge to ring Ilari and Ildiko.
I chose Ildi's number. She answered immediately, her voice bubbling with excitement.
She told me that she and Ilari were waiting outside the Oulu Magistrate's Court room so that they could be married according to Finnish Civil Law. Her family from Hungary and Ilari's family from Oulu were present at this very private occasion.
I conveyed all the best from Annikki and me.
Later in the evening Ildi rang me to tell me all the details. Both Annikki and I were so happy that they have tied that knot which says the union is "for better or for worse" and "till death do them part". We wish them a happy comfortable journey.
Both Ildi and Ilari have become a loved part of our famiy. They are respected members of CHAFF. Ildi, in particular, has taken a large part of my load in helping Finns and foreigners in Oulu.
We will restart of CHAFF meetings on January 7th 2007 as most of the participants who have gone out for Christmas will be back.
This meeting is a special one asd it will be attended by Ildi's family, including her Nobel Peace Prize winning father - a wonderful personality, and her truly beautiful mother.
I am sure that many of you will want to attend to meet this wonderful couple who have raised such a fine character as Ildi.
Let me know, by return, if you are attending. The Pailin Restaurant may be too small for this event.
We may have to organise the location as soon as I know exactly how many of you intend to join us for the restart of CHAFF next Sunday, 7th January 2007 at 13:00 hours.