Today, I had the opportunity to talk to a very old and dear Air Force buddy that I had lost contact with. No surprise that it only took us moments to enter into a flow of conversation that seemed to melt away the years.
Soon our conversation turned to what our current interests were and I began to talk to her about Third Culture Kids (TCKs). As soon as I explained what this concept was, she eagerly told me that she wanted to lnow where she could find more information, so that she could share it with her Adult TCK daughter.
This conversation really spoke to me about why I believe that this topic is vitally important. It also reinforced that there is still much work to be done in terms of educating employers, educators, parents and other organization that interact with and supports TCKs,
The good news is that we are now in a time when organizations are beginning to pay attention to what is needed to better understand the impacts of an internationally mobile lifestyle on children and their families.
I just watched this YouTube™ documentary related to this topic. Though striking painful and less than pleasant chords in some spots, and less than gender sensitive in others, I thought that it was well done and that much of what was presented was representative of the traditional TCK experience, especially for those kids, like my own, that grew up in this highly mobile, cross-cultural lifestyle of the military.
According to the YouTube™ site, Brats: Our Journey Home is the first documentary about growing up as a military brat. It is narrated and features songs by ATCK, Kris Kristofferson and includes interviews with ATCK, General Norman Schwarzkopf,