Hello! I’m Clarissa, and I’m staring at my screen wondering what I should start with to introduce myself besides my name. . . I guess I have no other choice, but commence with the dreaded question asked by many: Where are you from?
I’m not the only one who mentally prepares for this question every time I meet a new acquaintance or a curious stranger. You probably experienced this too. So, these are the options to choose from my mind before I answer:
1. I’m typing from the Czech Republic. But if you see my non-European appearance, you won’t believe me.
2. I’m from Singapore. But I’m currently living in the Czech Republic. Thus, I resorted to the last option, a compressed, mini autobiography of my life,
“I was born in Singapore, but my family moved to South Korea when I was five. After four years there, we moved to China. After four years there, we moved back to Singapore. After eight years there, we moved to the Czech Republic which is where I am now.” Please don’t ask me which country I like best because all of them are equal to me. The only Country that’s the best is Heaven. And there you have it, folks: I’m a Third Culture Kid (TCK).
“What’s a TCK?” you may ask. A TCK is a person who spends his/her childhood living in country(ies) outside his/her birth country. Match this definition with my mini autobiography and you’ll understand. Well, more accurately, I’m an adult TCK (ATCK). An ATCK is an adult whose childhood was raised in a country outside his/her birth country. If we dive into the specific subcategories of TCKs (e.g. business kids, missionary kids, military kids, diplomat kids, etc.), I’m formerly a business kid. But that’s not all I want you to know about me.
I’m a child of God (Christ saved me when I was seven), a writer, a pianist, a business fresh undergraduate, a daughter, a sister, a sister-in-Christ, and a friend. Through these letters, I hope to be your sister-in-Christ and your fellow TCK friend! Besides
talking typing about myself, I want to get to know you too.
You’ll receive my letters every other week because I don’t want to flood your inbox. And I’m excited to share that starting from August, it will be TCK Guest Month! Yay! If you’re interested in sharing a TCK experience that God has guided you through, this is the month in which you email your experience to me, and I will share your piece with the others on the list. This Guest Month will occur alternating months. Since it’s starting in August, the next Guest Month will be in October and so on. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when the month is coming beforehand. Oh! Before I forget, I might leave a special post scriptum for you at the bottom of each letter.
Anyway, I was hoping to share an experience in this letter, but it would take much of your time. I’ll send it next week instead. Afterward, I’ll return to emailing every other week. Sounds good? Thank you so much for joining and for taking the time to read this. I praise the Lord and thank Him for establishing this ministry. I hope to read your reply soon!
Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train
P.S. What’s your name? What do you say when people ask where you are from? Besides where you lived, what other things about yourself do you want to let new friends know?