Yearning for a Home

So…where are you from?
Quite a typical question in a smalltalk setting.
To a TCK, it’s the worst enemy.

Somehow “place” has got a spell on us.
The places we’ve lived in have made us who we are today, they have shaped our understanding of ourselves, they have given us a home in this big wide world.


But what if you change place all the time?
What home remains for us restless wanderers?

In the last two years I have made an interesting discovery: I actually do like to stay somewhere.
To take hold of a place.
To make a home somewhere.

This is strikingly new to someone who has moved more than twenty times in her not-so-long life.
I can’t promise I’ll stay forever.
I can’t guarantee I’m going to like everything about it.

But for now, I want to make an effort to set down roots here and really settle into the place I’ve been given.
Get to know the people around me.
Appreciate the beauty right in front of me.
Rest in the knowledge that this restlessness is a deep yearning for the ultimate home – the place where all our hearts do belong.

Psst, if you’re looking for some great reading on this prompt, check out Tsh’s memoir “At Home in the World” or Jen Pollock Michel’s “Keeping Place“.

Writing for Five Minute Friday today.

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

13 thoughts on “Yearning for a Home”

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  2. Oh I so want to read Tsh’s book ‘At Home in the World’, it is definitely on my list and such a great title to link in with your post today. I applaud your intentions to set down roots and see the beauty in front of you, I think we can all use this reminder often…. even if we haven’t moved much… I love to think of how much the places we have been in and visited have shaped us into the people we are today… such a beautiful thought.

  3. THIS: “The places we’ve lived in have made us who we are today, they have shaped our understanding of ourselves, they have given us a home in this big wide world.” I’m over in the 62 spot this week.

  4. Maths, there is something that comes when we are settled in a place, isn’t there? We make memories, process through life as it happens, connect with others. I’ve moved a few times too, and every time, my heart anticipates the new friendships, hopes there will be some. God teaches me lessons with each move we make.

    May God continue to encourage you as you set down roots!

  5. Yes! We are always somewhat restless until we are ‘home’ aren’t we? In the meantime, I hope you feel content in your latest place, planting roots and relationships.

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