Monday, July 4, 2011
Strangers in Our Own Land
It is really amazing how much information we have gained in the past week. Granted, it is exhausting and overwhelming, but it is all very reliable and practical information. The strangest thing we are experiencing is that feeling of being a stranger...already. We're prepared to feel that way in Korea (well, not really, but as well as we can be at this point), but it's weird feeling like a stranger in our own country. And I'm not even referring to the fact that the South is a different culture in and of itself. No, we are strangers in that we have never taught in Christian schools, been missionaries, or traveled outside the US (Mexico and Canada do NOT count with this group of TCKs (third culture kids). We feel like we are the only ones who are not well-traveled or who did not grow up traveling. Many, if not most, of the teachers here grew up as missionary kids (MKs) and so are very familiar with the international schools and the Christian international schools. Having not attended or taught in either, we are feeling overwhelmed by the all of the new information about how this world works. But I will say, that we are very excited to join this community! It's going to be an amazing experience regardless of it's struggles. Clearly, they feel this way, too, as they are excited to join it once again!