Third Culture Kid (noun):
1. The most difficult decision you’ll make as a TCK is choosing what to say when someone asks where you’re from.
2. And the inevitable follow-up: “Of all the places you’ve lived, which is your favorite?”
5. When forms and documents require you to check a box describing you’re from.
WHEN WILL “ALL OF THE ABOVE” BE AN OPTION?
7. Which accent (or language) to speak in when you’re with friends from multiple places, or when you meet someone new.
8. Which time-zone to celebrate your birthday in: Where you are? Or where you were born??
9. Awkwardly correct peoples’ incorrect pronunciations of your name, or just roll with it?
10. “How many languages can you speak?” Idk, are we counting the ones I can order food in?
11. Understand the news and current affairs of one place thoroughly? Or understand a thousand places at surface level?
13. Plan a route based on the most painless layover, or the best in-flight entertainment system?
14. And when you’re on the plane: Watch the safety video AGAIN, or just start your nap early?
15. What term of endearment to call your significant other. Hayati? Amor? Jaan? Mon cher?
16. And, of course, which language to curse in.
17. Picking a wedding location will probably be the most difficult of all. Where in the world is convenient for both your college buddies and your grandma?
18. What to do when someone asks if they can look at your passport a.k.a. your most prized possession.
“Sure, if you promise not to fetishize my foreignness and agree to have a two-hour conversation about othering right after.”