For expats, TCKs, and MKs living and operating at an intersection of the world has great advantages. It’s a culturally rich experience to be directly connected to so many parts of the world through the people around you.
There are moments when it can be painful. When tragedy strikes, like it did on Tuesday, I find myself bracing to see how we will be connected to someone directly affected. With the crash of the Germanwings flight it has come through students and staff we know in Düsseldorf, who lost a teacher.
A few years ago it was friends who had moved to Germany from Newtown, CT and had friends at Sandy Hook. Daily we see refugees arriving from places where violence has forced them from their homes. These things used to be distant. News stories and images that were tragic, but insulated by great distance.
We often grieve our lack of connection: to family, to a home, to friends, and to community. In moments like these we grieve because of connection to far off places, whose roads lead to our intersection.
Our prayers go out to all those impacted by the trajedy on Tuesday.