PRT177 – Rootless

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  • Lisainre

    So just down the road then! When were you there? Were you studying?
    Our HQ was in Makati so I was there about two or three time a week as well as Manila City for a weekly meeting. I got around a bit going to some of the local offices but mostly I was in the Mandaluyong office which is why I lived there – just opposite to Mega Mall. I didn’t wear a uniform but all the regular staff in the company did – men and women – in our company they had a different uniform for each day of the week. It wasn’t mandatory but very good for them to have it if they needed it.
    One of the things I loved the most about the people I met there was their wonderful nick names – and that I was always Miss Lisa. I met amazingly wonderful people and one of my friends there came to visit me here in Germany last year while she was on a tour of Europe – now that was a fabulous reunion. I hope to get back there one day but it’s such a long way…

  • Rosa

    this got to be one of my favorite episodes ever! I sort of consider myself a third culture kid, I grew up in Venezuela, then lived a year in the US then back to Venezuela, then a year in Germany, and now have been living in Canada for the last six years. I speak the three languages and somehow felt like I belonged everywhere and nowhere at the same time. We are planning to have kids soon and wondered how they’ll feel..and how we’ll make sure we speak Spanish at home…

    On a similar note, Joanna Goddard from the blog A Cup of Jo did a fabulous series called Motherhood around the World, to highlight American moms raising their kids abroad, there are 6 to 8 posts, but it’s an interesting and lovely read. Parenting in Congo was one of my favorites.

  • Tiffany W.

    Thank you for sharing that link. I can’t wait to check it out.

  • I would like to say it’s possible to forget your mother language for sure! Hah! Really enjoying this episode as I’m an expat living in Italy and I have a little boy, just 7 months growing up here… meaning he will be learning Italian, but also USA English from me… not to mention my family also speaks Cantonese… eek! I hope he doesn’t get too confused and it all does worry me a bit. If he’ll be okay growing up with all this “confusion” – it almost makes me tear up as I’m unsure of what I can do to help him the best way possible, while growing up. (And he’s not even 1 year old yet, clearly I need to get a grip! Hah!)

  • We worry so much about our kids!! Much luck to you and him. :)

    Do you plan to be in Italy permanently? Or is there a return date to the U.S.? Or maybe you plan to go somewhere else, for that matter?

  • thanks, Noell!

    We’ll be in Italy at least a couple more years… I would love to go back to the USA, but lots of logistics to work out… eek! I wouldn’t willingly go elsewhere… talk about rootless! I don’t like the feeling now at this stage in my life. In my youth, it was cool to travel and it didn’t really matter to have a homebase… but now it’s totally different!

  • Marie-Pierre Capistran

    Hi Linda! You little guy will be fine. My two kids speak french, and english, and a little german, and now my 5 years old is picking up spanish and sign language in school…. I think kids learn the language that is spoken at home first, then, the language of the environment, and then then pick just what they need from the third language. At least it’s my experience up to now. :) Have fun while in Italy. It’s really hard to think “permanently” when we know we might move again sooner or later, right?!

  • Marie-Pierre Capistran

    Thank you for sharing!!!! I’ll go have a look at that for sure!! :)

  • Wow, good luck! As or your language worry — learning additional languages has the amazing result of opening your mind to be able to think in new ways. Your baby will be brilliant. :)
    I did a quick google search for you, in case you want to read up on it:

  • thanks Marie! yes, it’s difficult to plan or feel settled when we don’t know exactly how things will go!

  • thanks, Noell. Oh how amazing – I guess the more languages the better!

  • Carol Eason

    Wouldn’t it be great if we all practiced more thanksgiving, all year round – i.e. being mindful of wherever and whoever we are with. It is probably most needed when our circumstances aren’t great. People who are sick also practice finding up to 3 things to be thankful for everyday. Thanksgiving isn’t just in Canada – U.S. history is tied to the Pilgrims celebrating Thanksgiving with the First Nations people, too. And when introducing the concept of Thanksgiving in Italy, the person responsible for the cooking the frozen turkey wasn’t told you have to defrost it for a day so it wasn’t ready until 3 a.m. the next day. THey celebrated anyway at 3:a.m. :) Happy Scrapbooking – and always know ‘home is where the heart is.’

  • Natalie (QSOgirl)

    Months later, I followed through and did a “day-in-the-life” project!
    This podcast was a major inspiration/impetus to start– and complete!– it :) Thank you :)

  • Michelle Fridley Wilson

    Ahhhhhhhh!!! The entire time I was listening to this, I wanted to get in in the conversation so badly!!! I was, however, in the grocery store, so I felt I should keep it to myself. So first, I am waaaay behind on my roundtable episodes, and I have started catching up today. Also, not sure if you would remember, but early on in your pod-casts, my comment was once read on air. I WAS Michelle from Germany, but NOW I am Michelle from Texas! So, as you can see, this subject was one I related to. Here’s a bit about me, I was raised in near Detroit (so, whereabouts in Michigan, Noell?); I joined the Army and was sent to Korea; there, I met my dear husband and we moved to the state line of Kentucky and Tennessee (we claim both); then we moved to hubby’s home state of Louisiana; after five years, we moved to Germany; two and a half years later, we moved to San Antonio, whew! Unlike your guests, I was blessed to be a part of military communities in all of these places, so it was not as difficult for us since we always had Americans nearby. When one of the Tiffany mentioned that her children see her parents house as home, I couldn’t wait to run home and ask my kids what they thought! Turns out my youngest (9) says that she sees my husband’s grandpa’s house as her home. My oldest (11) sees Germany as her home. Noell also mentioned feeling disconnected from family, I have to say, I feel the same way! When I was a child (although we lived in the same house my entire life), I was often disconnected with parts of my family due to rifts and family issues. So, when my father died in 2005 (we lost Mom in 1999), I felt orphaned, as if I no longer really had any family. My sisters, however, had become really close to my father’s family after I left for the military. Just last year, I learned that I actually HAVE some family! Great aunts and uncles whom I never knew existed. So I guess no matter how old you are when you move, the circumstances can make anyone a third culture kid, huh? Anyhow, thank you for talking about this and if you ever want another person to join you on this topic, I would love to join in!

  • Very interesting!

    I lived in West Bloomfield. Do you know where that is? It’s a great little township!