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When you’ve got more than one place in your heart… [living in-between cultures]

01 Jul

…you’re expected to love, honor and respect them both.

This week we are honoring the US Independence, bringing back memories from other assignments, sharing our thoughts:

Living in-between cultures, besides being an exciting experience, could be pretty challenging, as well. Raising children from hybrid cultures offers countless possibilities to keep traditions alive, maintaing memories and links to the home country always fresh. It takes a great deal of effort. But it’s worth the trouble. Witnessing your kids cherishing different traditions, honoring and respecting your and your spouse’s home countries, is worth any extra work. It’ll pay forward. 

Our kids are learning to love and respect their mixed culture. They’re beginning to understand historical events, their causes and consequences. They’re learning that any country is not just about land, but also, its people, their beliefs and their sense of social respect. Hybrid cultures are a rich experience. Hopefully, our three TCKs will grow up comprehending that the world they live in is much bigger than geography may present itself. And a country’s boundaries go as far as its people. We bring our culture with ourselves. Our traditions, our honor, our respect to others. Wherever we are. Wherever we move to. It’s good to know that some of us in the Service bring more than one country in our hearts..

This week, our hearts are proudly filled with red, white and blue colors… and as we’re heading out of Brazil, our hearts are overflowing with green, yellow and of course, blue! 😮 One day, I’ll look back at our time in Brazil as a family, piece together the best moments, best images, the favorite memories. One day, but not today. Not this week… We’re in-between cultures right now…

Love & Peace to All!

We’re out! 😮

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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in children, TCKs

 

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14 responses to “When you’ve got more than one place in your heart… [living in-between cultures]

  1. suburbanferndaleark

    July 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    This sort of travel certainly shows the bones behind that old saying that home is where the heart is.

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  2. Ana Gaby

    July 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Buen Viaje!!! We just came home from the 4th of July party and we are hoping to go to the Mexican Independece party in a few months!

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  3. Lorinda

    July 1, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Great post! I found your blog via The Education Cafe. We are also an ex-pat/TCK family gearing up to celebrate American Independence and what that has meant for people the world over. It’s especially interesting to view our homeland through the eyes of people who have a very positive attitude towards it. (First time for us, as the cultures where we’ve spent the last 17 years are more negative towards the US.) I especially appreciated this sentence from your post: “Hopefully, our three TCKs will grow up comprehending that the world they live in is much bigger than geography may present itself.” Yes!!!

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    • 3rd Culture Children

      June 30, 2011 at 7:49 am

      Thank you for your kind words! I’m really glad you appreciated the post – it’s our story, and my true feelings. Please feel free to comment, suggest and share experiences and lessons learnt – we’re always learning! It’s great to find other parents in the same situation…
      Happy Independence Day to all of us!
      😮

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      July 1, 2012 at 6:43 am

      😮

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    • 3rd Culture Children

      July 1, 2011 at 6:29 am

      😮
      thanks! if I’m not mistaken, got them from Cafe Press , I needed to customize the shirts for this past World Cup, with the kids’ heritages/birth countries, and the were the best option!

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  4. Administrator

    June 29, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Great article! I posted a link to it on The Education Cafe.

    Blessings!

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