TCKs You Should Know – Angela

AngelaAngela, how old are you today? I’m 13.

Do you have any siblings? Three—two sisters and one brother. I’m the youngest.

Where do you live? Arizona and Africa

Why do you live in those places? I live in Arizona because my parents wanted a break from Africa and my grandparents live there.  I live in Africa because my parents work there.

What do your parents do in Africa? My Dad does maintenance and takes care of the sports fields and takes care of the buses.  He also helps other Americans who can’t speak French.  My Mom used to be a teacher and  the person who helped people having problems, but now she stays home.

How old were you when you first moved to Africa? I was born in Africa!

What do you like about living in Africa? I like the people and the culture.

What do you like about them? The people are loving.  They’re huggy when they meet you.  They care about you.

What do you like about living in America? The food!  I love American food.

Like what? Cheddar cheese, dill pickles, Spaghetti-O’s, refills on drinks—those are amazing.

Do you think you have any advantages in life because you’re a TCK? Yes.  I’ve lived in more than one place.  I know more about the world than people who have just stayed in America.  I have an advantage of understanding other languages.  I get to try a lot of different foods.

Do you think you miss out on anything because you’re a TCK? I don’t really think so.  I might miss out on a few things like doing wild things with my friends, but I have friends.  I might miss out on something, but I don’t know about it.

What advice do you have for other kids whose parents are moving them overseas? Be patient.  Relationships take time.  God knows what he’s doing.

What advice do you have for parents who are moving their kids overseas? Know that your children will pick up the culture’s behaviors.  Bring lots of peanut butter—you can’t usually get it other places.  Let your kids have fun.  You might not live there that long; let your kids enjoy the time you have there and have fun.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I would like to live in Africa that’s all I know about my future.

photo courtesy of Angela’s sister

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