You Know You're A TCK When....

A TCK stands for Third Culture Kid, someone who has a passport in one country but grew up in another and have combined their 'birth culture' with their 'new culture' and created a 'third culture.' It's a phenomenon. It's bittersweet. It never goes away. 

Sometimes I forget about it, other days it feels like it's consuming me - and you have to laugh, which is why I wanted to share one of these lists. 

I lifted most of these from a wonderful organisation's website http://tckid.com/what-is-a-tck.html#youknow although I took out a few and added in a couple of my own. Enjoy, all those who 'get this.' *wink wink* 


You know you’re a TCK when ...

- “Where are you from?” has more than one reasonable answer.
- "Where are you from" leaves you thinking for hours, often crying, while the person who asked you, totters off unaware the turmoil they have just caused you
- You flew before you could walk.
- You have a deep mistrust of doctors, policemen, soldiers...
- You speak two languages, but can’t spell in either.
- You feel odd being in the ethnic majority.
- You have three passports.
- You eat weird combinations of foods that no one else understands...
- ...like yoghurt on rice and whole lemons with salt
- You still can't understand why the supermarkets sell half a cucumber and slices of watermelon
- You go into culture shock upon returning to your “home” country.
- You don't understand why you have to clear your own tray away at McDonalds - there are staff for that!
- You also don't get why you have to fill your own car with petrol...like actually get out of the car and everything
- Your life story uses the phrase “Then we moved to…” three (or four, or five…) times.
- You get REALLY annoyed when people tell you where your 'home' is
- Anyone considered 'foreign' in your passport country you seem to really get on with
- You wince when people mispronounce foreign words.
- The best word for something is the word you learned first, regardless of the language.
- You think VISA is a document that’s stamped in your passport, not a plastic card you carry in your wallet.
- You own personal appliances with 3 types of plugs, know the difference between 110 and 220 volts, 50 and 60 cycle current, and realize that a transformer isn’t always enough to make your appliances work.
- You consider a city 500 miles away “very close.”
- Death threats are not that weird to you
- You think in the metric system and Celsius.
- You miss the subtitles when you see the latest movie.
- You don't know who it is appropriate to kiss, hug, shake hands with or smile at anymore so you just avoid all physical greetings as much as possible
- You find yourself calling your countrymen 'they'
- You’ve gotten out of school because of earthquakes and/or popular demonstrations.
- All that stuff that happens on the news....you've been in it or very close to it
- You speak with authority on the subject of airline travel.
- You KNOW how to pack.
- You have the urge to move to a new country every couple of years.
- Because you may not have the money or time to move country that often, you move your furniture around every few months and dream about moving house
- When you run out of furniture moving combinations, you start throwing out clothes
- The thought of sending your (hypothetical) kids to public school scares you, while the thought of letting them fly alone doesn’t at all.
- You constantly hear people talking about how weird homeschooled kids are - *ahem* you were homeschooled...
- You have friends from 29 different countries.
- You sort your friends by continent.
- You can leave country at the drop of the hat and 'goodbye parties' mean absolutely nothing to you
- You have a time zone map next to your telephone.
- You realize what a small world it is, after all. 
In my graduate film from university I attempted to deal with some of identity crisis I and a lot of TCKs have. It wasn't as successful as hoped, mostly due to the lack of Turkish community around when I made it, but a lot of hard work went into this short film on all parts so I will share it anyway.