The universe is a beautiful thing. Each day is another opportunity for cosmic expansion, the twinkling of stars, and incredible physics phenomena. Yet all enthusiasm is extinguished when you unexpectedly get tossed out of the airlock into the vacuum of space–without a space suit. A sudden lethal place the universe becomes.
One day, I was talking to a friend of mine that I had met at HOBY who used to live in Hong Kong. She was recounting unbelievable stories that I, as an American, have never experienced. My friend told me how Mandarin was her first language. However, in schooling, English was more favored, so overtime, she lost her Mandarin. Then, she told me that one time, she was in a store and picked up a toy to play with. The shopkeeper told her that she couldn’t touch it and took it away. When my friend suddenly asked her mom why she couldn’t play with the toy in English, the shopkeeper said, “Oh! You speak English?” and immediately gave her the toy back.