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On decorations and decorating ...

On decorations and decorating ...

In the climate of discussions that has taken over social networks, regarding the decorations systematically distributed by the presidents of this country, as well as to slightly reduce the blood of dissatisfied people, I am writing here, for all those who do not know and have patience to read these notes to the end, the story of King Zog with Father Gjergj Fishta, right after the celebration of the jubilee celebration of the 25th anniversary of Independence, in 1937, in which the King had left no corner without decoration, except Pater Gjergji.

And as you can imagine, if there was anyone alive at that time who could deserve the highest medal, it was Father Gjergji himself. Thus one day the King summons Fishta to a private audience in his palace. Patria goes anyway, though not with any delight or enthusiasm. There in the palace after being found face to face with Fishta, the King speaks:

-Don't remember that I forgot you…

-Hëm…

-I know very well that You had to be the first among the people who deserved to be decorated.

-Great… work is that…

-Please. Listen to me! I just wanted to save it. And how could I list you, the National Poet, on a list of others ?! Tell me! How could I ?!

-Naltmadhi! If you called me about this…

Then the King put his hand in the pocket of his vest and took out from there an hourglass, all the gold, on the cap of which were engraved these words: "25th anniversary of the Independence of Albania".

-Pater! Only two copies of this watch have been produced. Thus no one else can have a third, except me and you.

Pater Gjergji then takes it and looking at it in his hands he turns to it.

- As you know Naltmadhi I am a Franciscan, a regular, and we are not even allowed to move property. I will have to hand over this watch to our provincial. He then knows to whom he gives it.

(Written freely by Stefan Capaliku)

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