It was a random desire, and it came out of seemingly nowhere. Today I suddenly felt this urge to research educations with international schools and returning to a home country. One thing led to another, and Naomi Hattaway's blog post about being a triangle surfaced. It's a great analogy. She mentions stars, aka children in their developmental years who accompany parents to foreign countries. I definitely relate to that description. I've also read it termed third-culture kids. Coming Home to Roost from Good Schools Guide International (GSGI) likens expat children to immigrants in their own countries. It's an interesting concept since I'm half-immigrant anyway. Maybe the addition of expatriate counts as double immigrant, so in one way I'm actually full immigrant? Hm. Anyway, the concept of a repatriation depression is kind of helpful in its way. Upon my return to the States, I definitely felt out-of-place even though I was "home." And now, I don't relate to many of the standard American tendencies, like urges for the latest and greatest and most expensive pieces of technology or fashion. I overheard one of my coworkers say that he told his daughter that now that she's in college, the long summer trips are a thing of the past. My insides cringed when I heard those words. They're not a thing of the past unless you resign yourself to that idea! Sure, it takes a whole hell of a lot of effort and time and money to save to spend time abroad. And sure, it may not happen because other things might happen that redirect plans. But that doesn't mean to give up on possibility! The GSGI article talks about globe-trotting children who have to learn when and where to talk about their stories. I particularly identified with this. I don't intend to show off with my stories, and I so long to share these experiences with others. Social media freaks me out, though, what with all of its privacy issues. Oh well.
Well hello there.