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 ...
- You flew before you could walk.
- You speak two languages, but can’t spell in either.
- You feel odd being in the ethnic majority.
- You have three passports.
- 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
- You wince when people mispronounce foreign words.
- 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.”
- You think in the metric system and Celsius.
- You miss the subtitles when you see the latest movie.
- You’ve gotten out of school because of earthquakes and/or popular demonstrations.
- 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.
- 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 have friends from 29 different countries.
- You have a time zone map next to your telephone.
- You realize what a small world it is, after all.