Five Minute Friday: Visit

Linking up with Kate Motaung and Five Minute Friday.

This week’s prompt is: visit.

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Visit makes me think of temporary versus permanent.

As in, it’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

I’ve read a couple of of blog posts this week about Third Culture Kids transitioning and dealing with life.  I can relate to the itchy feet of wanting to move on, but also to the desire to put down some roots.

What are the elements that make up home?

I want to read Tsh Oxenrider’s book At Home in the World, because I think she deals with some of those same issues.

They say home is where the heart is, but what if your heart is stretched across continents?

The very word home carries a lot of meanings– a haven for some, but not for others.

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I love exploring the global nomad issues, especially when the light bulb comes on.  That happened  when I realized that our family tree was grafted.

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4 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Visit

  1. Katha

    Have you started reading it? I ordered it and can’t wait to get into it! As a Third Culture Kid, I can definitely relate to the itchy feet!

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    1. Beth Post author

      I haven’t started reading it yet, Katha. But, I’m interested to hear her take on it and think about what are the elements that make up “home”. If we could nail that and bottle it, wouldn’t that be something?

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  2. Susan Witmer Miller

    Hmm…You give me a lot to ponder. I’ve never had to deal with this. I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of VA and lived there until dh and I moved to PA 19 years ago. Even though I have friends and a church family that I love here, I still feel like the Shenandoah Valley is home and this is a place that I enjoy but it doesn’t feel like home to me. But I’m still way more settled than Third Culture Kids are. My best friend in high school was an MK and I know that this was a struggle with her. She felt torn between the country that she grew up in and the USA. I think that it effects her even today.

    I wonder if “home” is the place where we feel the most settled and relaxed?

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    1. Beth Post author

      “I wonder if “home” is the place where we feel the most settled and relaxed?”

      I like this definition, Susan. There’s a lot of places in the world we can live and not feel at home. And sometimes we feel most at home somewhere when we’re just visiting.

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