Children mistakenly think: “I wish I were already a grown-up so I could be done with school and learning!” Once they grow up, especially if they are wise, they learn that learning never ends. Today, thanks to a Freshly Pressed post on WordPress, I learned a new vocabulary word–deracinate. See: Wordbowl–Deracinate.
Just seeing the word in the title of the post caused me to Google the definition. Much to my delight, it is a word in which I quickly related to the meaning. According to thefreedictionary.com it means: to pull out by the roots; uproot. To displace from one’s native or accustomed environment.
I know a little about being deracinated. My dad was in the Air Force and we traveled and moved around a great deal. I remember being in three different states for my second grade school year. That was the most difficult year. I spent my childhood in three different states and two different countries.
Third Culture Kids
My three sons, third-culture kids (TCKs) from ages 4, 6, and 8, were deracinated by my husband and me when we left the U.S. in 1998 to travel and work abroad in four different countries. They were further deracinated when they left our home to return to the U.S. for college and figure out their own lives in a foreign land–their passport country.
Our daughter, whom we adopted six years ago as a six-year-old, also knows what it feels like to be deracinated. After multiple uprootings from birth home to hospitals to orphanages to foster care, we further deracinated her by adopting her into our family, a new culture, a new nationality.
Love is Like a Garden
But I also learned something else new today. Some things are less like mathematics and more like gardening. In the post How Does Your Garden Grow blogger Melissa Scott talks about how love is like plants that are divided and then multiplied to fill a garden.
Even when we are deracinated, pulled up by the roots, we can not only survive…we can thrive! My mom loves gardening and working with plants. From my childhood days until now, she always has some leaf or cutting from a plant sticking out of a vase of water in her kitchen window. Little roots begin to sprout on the cutting, and once a good root system has begun, she can plant it in a pot of soil or in her garden. A new plant grows from a little leaf and stem.
Developing New Roots
My prayer today is that each of my four children give themselves grace while they are developing new roots. And that they realize that before they know it they will be a large plant, thriving and blooming in a new garden.
Cultural Flip-Flop (TCKs and adoptees)
Third Culture Kids (and another new vocabulary word I learned — saudade)