i do a lot of living between worlds.
i’m a girl from midwestern cornfields married to a man from the indian ocean. together, we raise bicultural and biracial children and have family on four continents.
i grew up an evangelical christian and find my adult spiritual home in the liturgy of the Anglican church.
i’ve moved from the pretentious sophistication of the east coast to the peaceful backwardness of the cornfields to entertaining plasticity of the west coast of the US of A. (hopefully I managed to compliment and offend everyone equally in that statement ;))
i write when i can, teach amazingly resilient immigrants to speak English, travel the world with my soul mate and sweet kids, teach some university courses, and make a mean curry.
i ask more questions than i answer and sometimes find myself on the outskirts looking in.
it’s a bridge of sorts, where i can seen both sides, translate intended meanings, understand different realities. sometimes the view is glorious and i can see clearly for miles. other times it’s foggy and i feel driven over and walked on.
sometimes, living between worlds can grow a little lonely. it can be confusing, maddening, and exhausting. navigating culture and food and family and race and faith and societal ills – well – it gets a little tricky. it can be overwhelming to find a link between realities and you just end up staring into thin air, wondering what to do next.
sometimes, it’s just nice to know you’re not alone, and to know somebody’s travelled the road before you, to open up and share what’s gotten tied up in knots within.
but other times, living between worlds can be absolutely beautiful, exhilarating, and reconciling. it keeps me humble, reminding me of my limits and frailty, rooting me in the real, not just culture or circumstance. it keeps me fascinated, amazed at how humans can be so much alike and so very different all at the same time.
if you live on a bridge between too, i invite you to stay awhile. we need each other, even if it’s only to wave and smile every so often from a distance.