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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dear Malala Yousafzai

Dear Malala,

You do not know me, and I certainly do not know you, but I have followed your story since the day it first crossed the world to reach me.  Like millions of other people around the world I have watched in rapt awe at the journey you have taken and the strength and courage you have shown in the face of unspeakable evil.  

Today I heard you speak for the first time.  For months I have heard hundreds of people expressing their wish to adopt you as their own child because of the inspiration that you are, and I sincerely understand their desire.  But after listening to you speak today, it is my most fervent, heart felt wish, that you would adopt me!  You may have only seen 16 years on this planet, but you are the wisest and the oldest soul I have ever had the intense pleasure of encountering.  You are a true hero.  I salute you.  I applaud you.  I support you. 

Mostly I just want to Thank You.  Your courage and wisdom serve as the greatest testament to the truth of what you fight for and in that I hope I can someday grow up to be just like you.  Thank you for putting words to what I have always known, and for having the strength to stand up and speak out so much sooner than I did.  And please tell your parents that I Thank Them as well, for supporting and enabling your voice, the entire world owes them a great debt of gratitude for their gift of you.

One Mother who is Extremely Pleased to have people like You in this world!

 Malala Fund

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