Meeting new friends and getting to know them better, one may ask, “Where are you from?”  A followup question would then be to ask, “Where were you born?”  In today’s world the answer will most likely be two different places.  Being born in one country and being raised in another country brings a new type of culture of children.  American sociologist Ruth Hill Useem calls these children “third culture kids” (TCKs).

Living outside of ones parents culture, but still maintaining that culture from the parent can require a detailed explanation of travel and storytelling.  Having to answer these questions for a young child may be uncomfortable, but as an adult it becomes more proud.  People choose to leave their natural born country for so many reasons.  Some leave as they have no choice in order to survive.  Others leave for opportunity, and leaving ones own country is more than just physically leaving.  It is leaving family that you may never see again and leaving the only thing you know.

Creating a new home can take time but having a sense of belonging with deep emotional connections can “feel like home.”  To be able to live in another country and not forget your own, widens our eyes about the world we live in and what we may take for granted.

“Being rootless doesn’t mean I don’t belong to any one place; it means I choose to belong to many.”  What a gift that can be.

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