This is it. It really is. Trying to explain the existence of water to fish, while people are drowning. I’m grateful for your perspective and honesty, and sad that this burden falls on you. Thanks, and I’ll try to do my part.
I don’t blame you for turning of public responses on this. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your honest perspective. I’m a white american by birth who grew up in Ethiopia, the US, and the Philippines. My wife is Kenyan, and when we first moved to the States I had the enlightening-yet-traumatizing experience of being at her side while she got a…
I was a professional actor for about a decade and I remember when I got my first internet troll. I really was far too excited. On a video of a clip from some terrible independent film I’d uploaded half-jokingly, some random stranger took the time to watch the video and then leave a comment. “This. Vid. Blows.” My sister now leaves that exact comment when I upload new vids.
Yes, I am still in touch with several MK’s, like the buddy I’m staying with in Nicaragua right now. And I have tended to somehow find TCK’s wherever I go. There are more and more of us every year! I had several South Sudanese friends but never made it up there. And yes, we miss Kenya and are planning our return soon.
I’m just a couple months behind you. On day 9 of publishing after a few decades of writing and thinking. Coming from a similar place creatively.
And, geographically as well it seems, including East Africa / Texas / Southern California and a small Christian college in PA — Messiah College in my case.
Still figuring out Medium and all this, but what…
Thanks Lindsay! Yes, reverse culture shock is a kicker, regardless of how old you are when it happens. And certainly the unsettled feeling of being stuck in-between cultures is not limited to those of us who grew up that way. I dragged my poor wife away from her homeland of Kenya ten years ago and she has a much more intimate understanding of a TCK perspective nowadays.