Our friend Becca is a real-life Australian and she's here visiting with us this week. She has the most fabulous accent and says things like, "She fell pregnant" and "I'll do it straight-away" and "You have heeps of cereal" and "I really want some lollies [candy]" and "It tastes like fairy floss [cotton candy]" and "I forgot my sunnies [sunglasses]" and "He was injured - but only had a few niggles [minor injuries]" and "You need a whipper-snipper [weed-eater]" and my favorite - "I'll go put on my thongs [flip-flops]."
I know she's not Mary Poppins and that Mary Poppins isn't Australian - but it matters not. I feel like Mary Poppins is here at my house. When she read Hudson a book the other night, I hung on every word. I half expected her to put the book down after she finished and say, "Spit Spot. Let's go tidy up the nursery." And then I wanted a nursery.
We met Rebecca (and her husband, Barry) in Haiti. Becca is in the process of founding a really beautiful organization called Library for All. Library for All will be an online library stocked with millions of ebooks, course material, and resources. They desire to unlock the world's knowledge and make it available for free to the future leaders of the developing world. By unlocking knowledge and making it available to the poor they will give them the tools they need to take themselves out of poverty.
If what Library for All is working to accomplish is inspiring to you, be sure to follow along with Becca as she gets this vision off the ground. You can find Library for All on Twitter and Facebook.
Becca will be heading back to Haiti soon, but since this was her first time in Texas, I felt like it was my obligation (and privilege) to feed her Mexican food and Blue Bell Ice Cream. She's been to America before - but not Texas. I did my job as a Texan and made it really clear that coming to America and coming to Texas are not the same things. We Texans - we know how to make ice cream and cheese enchiladas - but most importantly we know how to be absolutely obnoxious about our State. Yee-haw!
If you're from Texas, but don't live here anymore - what is the main thing you miss about The Lone Star State? I have a couple more days with Bec. Maybe I can cram all the Texas Awesome in before she goes.