Every morning, I wake up with happiness and gratitude for God’s countless gifts,
including my job as the Mathematics teacher for wonderful students at Musica Mundi School, founded in Waterloo, Belgium, by Hagit Hassid-Kerbel and her husband, Leonid Kerbel.
I have always loved beautiful puzzles, and often I share them with my colleagues and students, who can win prizes when they send me good-quality answers by email.
In response to a puzzle (detailed below) that I sent at midnight 00:00, Hagit sent me the correct answers after only two times X minutes!
Others probably only saw the puzzle message later in the morning or afternoon, but I was delighted to also receive perfectly correct answers from the school’s Depute Headmistress, followed by Cansu (an outstanding Turkish girl) then Sophie, an 11-year-old Belgian girl who is the school’s youngest student at present, and Svetlana Kochenova who is a top-level Physics teacher. To celebrate this happy new year in style, all five super-smart young ladies will each receive a box of delicious chocolates. Warm congratulations to the ‘High Five’!!
I will share the puzzle with you now, too, and in the solutions (given near the end of this article) you can read the interesting background story explaining how this particular puzzle was ‘born’. There’s actually a hidden, special connection to Peter De Vleeschhouwer, the school’s ‘House Father’, whom I like to call ‘Peter The Great’!
Here’s the puzzle:
It was actually written by a former Airline 747 Pilot, and after James received it, he forwarded it to me, saying “Just had to share…”
“Good Morning, and welcome to Flight 2021.
We are prepared to take off into the New Year. Please make sure your Positive Attitude and Gratitude are secured and locked in the upright position.
All self-destruct devices: pity, anger, selfishness and resentment should be turned off at this time.
All negativity, hurt and discouragement should be put away.
Should you lose your positive Attitude under pressure during this flight, reach up and pull down a prayer.
Prayers will automatically be activated by Faith. Once your Faith is activated, you can assist other passengers who are of little faith.
There will BE NO BAD BAGGAGE allowed on this flight.
God, our Captain has cleared us for take-off. Destination – GREATNESS!
Wishing you a New Year filled with new HOPE, new JOY and new BEGINNINGS! ❣️❣️
Stay Blessed! And Welcome in 2021!!! ✈️
Peace be with you.”
I would also like to say a personal “THANK YOU” here to James McDonald, a former pupil of mine long ago in Scotland, who sent me a very kind message earlier today.