A friend of mine sent this to me today. I met when we were tikes during my parents days travelling the world. Her parents were missionaries. I was nodding my head 'cause so many of them fit.
YOU KNOW YOU'RE A MISSIONARY KID WHEN...
You can't answer the question, "Where are you from?"
You speak two languages, but can't spell either.
You flew before you could walk.
You embarrass yourself by asking what swear words mean.
You have a passport, but no driver's license.
You watch National Geographic specials and recognise
You have a time zone map next to your telephone.
You don't know how to play Pac-Man.
You would rather eat seaweed than cafeteria food.
Your life story uses the phrase "Then we went to..." five
You speak to different ethnic groups in their own language.
You think in grams, metres, and litres.
You speak with authority on the quality of airline travel.
You send your family peanut butter and Kool-Aid for
You worry about fitting in, and wear a native wrap around
National Geographic makes you homesick.
You have strong opinions about how to cook bugs.
You live at school, work in the tropics, and go home for
You don't know where home is.
Strangers say they can remember you when you were "this
You have friends from or in 29 different countries.
You do your devotions in another language.
You sort your friends by continent.
You keep dreaming of a green Christmas.
You tell people where you're from, and their eyes get big.
You are grateful for the speed and efficiency of any postal
You realise that furlough is not a vacation.
You wince when people mispronounce foreign words.
You've spoken in dozens of churches, but aren't a pastor.
Furlough means that you are stuffed every night... and have
to eat it all to seem polite.
Your parents decline your cousin's offer to let them use his
BMW, and stuff all six of you into an old VW Beetle instead.
You stockpile mangoes.
You know what REAL coffee tastes like.
The majority of your friends don't speak English as a first
Someone brings up the name of a team, and you get the sport
You believe vehemently that football is played with a round,
You know there is no such thing as an international
You know the difference between patriotism and nationalism.
You realise what a small world it is, after all.
You never take anything for granted.
You watch a movie set in a foreign country, and you know
what the nationals are REALLY saying into the camera.
You know how to pack.
All preaching sounds better under a corrugated tin roof.
Having four distinct seasons other than: dry, very dry,
rainy, very rainy, is a new experience.
After a couple of years in one spotm, you're ready to move
You frequently say, "I don't know, I was out of the
You feel uncomfortable in school without a uniform
School gets cancelled due to flash flooding.
Tropical fruits aren't imported.
Walking miles to and from school is "normal."
If someone asks what school you went to, you reply, "depends
on the year."
You are afraid to ask what you are eating. But munch away,
with a smile on your face.