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Topic: In and Out (04/30/09)
TITLE: Third Culture Kid
By Lauren Dahl
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Getting off the plane I see them: Grandma, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Theyíre all smiling and waving. ďWeíre so glad to see you!Ē And Iím glad too.
Six months later weíre leaving, saying good-bye to them. I donít want to cry anymore. I wish I could give them the tears they deserve, but if I do Iím afraid Iíll fall apart. So I smile and tell them how much Iíll miss them. I feel guilty slipping back into their lives like this knowing full well Iíd be slipping out again so soon.
Getting off the plane at the other end there is no one to meet us and some of our luggage is missing. I wonder if I let them go too easily, if perhaps I should have let them in deeper so that good-bye left more than scratches on my heart, something to remember them by.
Of course there are people over here too. Most of them are gone right now, but when they come back Iíll fade into their lives and theyíll fade into mine like nothing happened. Maybe Iíll even make new friends, though Iíll be sure to keep the knots loose so that I wonít run the risk of strangling myself when I leave.
Fade in, fade out. Weíre like wanderers restlessly traveling the globe. Oh, I donít mean to say itís not for a good reason or that I donít enjoy the full life I lead. Itís just that the ships must sometimes envy the trees their roots, even as trees envy the shipsí freedom. But ship or tree, mast or branch, we are all straining upward toward the same goal. And we know that there is a place where weíll never have to fade in or out again.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
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