Jeremiah Heaton was playing with his daughter in their Abingdon, Virginia home last winter when she asked whether she could be a real princess.
Heaton, a father of three who works in the mining industry, didn’t want to make any false promises to Emily, then 6, who was “big on being a princess,” but he still said yes.
Within months, Heaton was journeying through the desolate southern stretches of Egypt and into an unclaimed 207,200-hectare patch of arid desert.
There, on June 16 — Emily’s seventh birthday — he planted a blue flag with four stars and a crown on a rocky hill. The area, a sandy expanse sitting along the Sudanese border, morphed from what locals call Bir Tawil into what Heaton and his family call the “Kingdom of North Sudan.”
There, Heaton is the self-described king and Emily is his princess.
“I wanted to show my kids I will literally go to the ends of the Earth to make their wishes and dreams come true,” Heaton said.
(Courtesy of Liberty Times)
1. be big on phr.
非常喜歡某物 (fei1 chang2 xi3 huan1 mou3 wu4)
例: I’m not very big on hip hop music.
2. literally adv.
按字面地；實在地 (an4 zi4 mian4 de5; shi2 zai4 de5)
例: The house was literally demolished.
3. go to the ends of the Earth idiom
竭盡所能 (jie2 jin4 suo3 neng2)
例: Most parents in Taiwan would go to the ends of the Earth to make sure their children have access to higher education.
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