This is kind of like the American Thanksgiving day I guess. So a leaf from the Star Spangled book:
I love Australia Because:
It's big - It takes days to cross it from one side to the other, top to bottom - and you still only cross maybe three state borders so you never feel too far from home. Plus we have the big banana, big pineapple, big lobster, big windmill, big rock, big koala, big mosquitoe, big apple, big hat, big flower, big sheep and the big barrumundi to name a few.
It's diverse - we have desert, rainforrest, beaches, lakes, mountains, plains, reef, floods, drought, snow, hurricane's, greeks, italians, jews, indians, germans, irish, dutch, sudanese, welsh, aboriginals (and that's just at my school!), big cities, tiny towns, small cities and towns underground(still haven't seen that!)
It's eccentric! - Have you met an Aussie?!! Where else is it so much a given that all children are told the story of drop bears before their first school camp?
It's people are heroic - example - this weeks big story is about the man who got half swallowed by a great white shark then poked its eyes so it would let him go - he's out of hospital already i think!
It's ultimo friendly (mostly!) - People smile, wave, yell across the street to each other, greet each other with curtousy, find any excuse for a get together, share food, give unending wine samples and nearly always stop on the freeway if you are broken down.
It's unique - sure we're only 219 or so years old - we have our own character as a nation - one which has been inspired by years of hardship, growing together, sticking together, joys, unimaginable saddness and the guiding hand of our Lord in all things.
We are a nation of people passionate for life and I am proud to be an Aussie.
My little (lithe, lanky & taller than me but still younger) sister came to stay. And the letters on the fridge proclaimed our sentiments all week - joy to the world, hannah is here. I'm sure she wrote that herself - but still, it's nice to know she loved being her just as much as we loved having her.
Highlights of her trip include - watching too much tv, going to the central markets and buying more than we could really carry, discovering so much more of the Adelaide museum than we knew existed, NO trip to supermarkets to buy spearmint lollies (the main event of her previous pre-wedding trip), meeting the new kitten on the block, spying on people out out window (don't be freaked out- it's just interesting ok!), cutting hair in the kitchen while singing and dancing to Take That (oh yeah!), drinking a bottle of Moscato (most of it was me - you'll learn to drink more as you drink more Han!), dancing to the credit music of movies, having a foot spa, visiting Ikea and being corrupted by Joel and Adam. Oh, and getting cheater's hand!
We had so much fun with you Han. Our house seems empty without you. Although Adam has moved straight into your room and taken over. Now I can't even get in there! We'll miss you Bean. Come again soon! And maybe then you'll sign our visitors book!