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A Fire-Eater Sat on my Lap . . .

Well, we head out again tomorrow. This time to Texas, then from there driving to PA through a series of pit-stops. Should be lots of fun!! We’re excited. But, in the midst of all of this, I have realized that my aspirations of posting regularly and of good quality have not been coming true. I’m not sure if it is due to lack of time or motivation, or just not feeling like I have much worth writing about at the moment. Whatever it is . . . it is.

I do however have a short story to share with you. I had planned to share it on Friday, but then I posted a review for Tyndale on Friday, and I started realizing that even with some stretching my story wasn’t going to be very long. So, here it is.

Basically, a fire-eater sat on my lap and ate fire.

That’s the gist of it. We were enjoying an awesome cultural evening during our time in Senegal which was complete with traditional music and dancing. Then, all of the sudden, out comes a fire-eater (which I have only ever heard tell of and have never witnessed before). He began with some dancing with fire, then a little bit of blowing fire, then rubbing fire up and down his arms and legs. My teammate got to hold his little bowl of coals while he was doing something early on in his show, and I thought to myself “Wow, cool, she got to be a part of his show!” (read: a little jealous).

Next thing, Mr. Fire-eater has two long sticks with what looks like flaming marshmallows on the ends (but, they weren’t marshmallows, just for the record.) He dances around a little and then goes and sits on some lady and starts eating the flaming things off of the stick. Then . . . next thing I know . . . he is sitting on MY lap, eating flaming things off of his stick! So, please, any of you with similar experiences – what reaction does this warrant? I was not completely sure what to do, but I guess that was okay, because sitting there looking terrified seemed to be sufficient.

Jealousy was gone. A little bit of awkward giggliness was in its place. But it was one of the coolest experiences of my life.

Better World Books – Thank you!

I have definitely mentioned this site in blogs before, but they may have all been on my education blog. But, I do want to just take a few minutes to thank Better World Books for the work that they are doing in America, but also specifically for donating books for our Project Senegal Camp this summer! Better World Books has graciously donated 100 books for us to give away during our week of English camp in Saint-Louis, Senegal. We are super thrilled! We are also super excited for the support of this awesome organization for our trip. If you have not checked them out before, you really should do so now!

Better World Books started off as a couple of students selling textbooks to make some extra money and has burgeoned into an online used and new bookstore that is seeking to promote literacy around the world and is donating books to causes like our and others frequently. The bookstore has great prices (and for all of you international people, like us, they have free international shipping!) but what makes it even better is that they are people supporting great causes.

Better World Books already has a book for book donation policy (for every book you buy, they donate a book), but this week only they are doing a double donation campaign. If you buy a book, they will donate two to learners in America or somewhere else in the world. Also, right now, you can shop in their bargain bin and get 5 books for $30. That’s an awesome deal, especially when you factor in FREE SHIPPING!

I’ve been really impressed to this website before, and I am even more grateful now. I am excited to support this group and the work that they are doing to promote education and literacy at home and around the world. You should definitely go and check it out! They probably even have the book that you’re looking for right now, at a great price . . .

(haha. okay, so comment below if you clicked on that link and laughed a little . . . or at all . . .
But seriously . . . go and look for the one you really want.)