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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
You might be a missionary kid if:
Here is a cute list from some MK's! (missionary kids)
might be a missionary kid if:
flew before you could walk.
2. At 20
years old you have a passport, but no driver’s license.
watch a documentary on National Geographic and recognize someone.
get homesick while watching National Geographic.
watch a documentary on the Animal Channel and think how good that would be
shake your shoes out before putting them on.
You’re only 7 years of age, but speak with authority about the quality of
send you packets of Kool-Aid for your birthday.
have friends from or in 29 different countries.
tell people where you’re from and their eyes get big.
nationals say things like, “I used to know an American...” then ask if you know
mother gets excited over finding Doritos at 7-Eleven®.
go to school in a Cessna rather than a school bus.
dad scolds you in Swahili when you are on furlough.
While you were on furlough, your dad preached a sermon on Joseph, & he called
him Yusufu the entire time.
go on furlough, and your mom buys everything in the store.
family gathers around the computer to check email.
first trip driving through town on furlough was a disaster, because you honked
your horn continuously.
You’re in college now, but the stringy hair and braces picture taken while you
were in 5th grade is still gracing refrigerators all across America.
5 foot tall mother is taller than most of the members in your church.
your yard sale, the 80 year-old man next door buys your mother’s culottes and
you find a bug in your food, you calmly pick it out and finish eating.
know more about a blow gun than a BB gun.
on furlough, your cousin shows you his pet frog and you get hungry.
does not seem unusual to you to buy dinner while sitting at a red light.
Going to the post office is the highlight of your day.
father stops 8 times on the way to church to pick up 19 people in his 12
you are asked to recite the alphabet you ask, “Which one?”
have strong opinions about how to cook bugs.
believe vehemently that football is played with a round, spotted ball.
Someone brings up a certain sports team, and you get the sport wrong.
refer to gravel roads as highways.
Someone in your home country has to explain to you that the double yellow line
means that only oncoming traffic can drive on that side of the road—even if there is no
oncoming traffic—and you don’t get it.
Someone in your home country has to explain to you that the red light means
stop, every time, even if there is a slight break in the cross traffic, and you
have to stay stopped until the light turns green.
Someone in your home country has to explain to you that you can’t just give the
policeman a dollar after committing some infraction.
friends accuse you of being a maniacal driver, but you’re driving exactly as your
dad taught you.
go to Taco Bell and have to put 5 packets of hot sauce on your taco but it’s
still a little bland.
go off to college, and your study of minor keys in music theory makes you
won’t eat Uncle Ben’s rice, because it doesn’t stick together.
Now, for part two. The rest of these
were written by our family with a great deal of laughter. Everything you read below has
actually happened, except for numbers 6 and 7.
don’t know how to work a seatbelt.
you go on furlough, your grandma turns on the vacuum cleaner and you run from
the room screaming in terror.
you go on furlough, you have to have relatives meet you at the airport with
shoes and socks.
you go on furlough, the self-flushing toilets at Walmart cause your heart to
skip a beat.
you go on furlough, the automatic doors at the grocery store entertain you for
go to America and wonder why nobody is carrying anything on their head.
member of your family carries a can of raid in a holster.
mom takes a can of raid to an outdoor wedding.
are driving down the road, hit a large pothole, and the door falls off your
had to go to another country just to be born.
family’s Christmas Eve tradition is to sleep in the room that has the
tell people you live in Cambodia, and they say, “Isn’t that in Africa?”
tell people you live in Cambodia, and they say, “How long does it take to drive
are more proficient in counting Khmer riel than US dollars and cents.
you are on furlough, you or any one of your siblings could step into the pulpit
and finish your dad’s sermon because you know it by heart.
are not an accomplished singer or musician, but have played or sung in dozens
Someone who does not realize you speak their language starts saying really mean
things about you right in front of you.
start asking your dad to buy you a jacket, because it is 70 degrees outside.
you are on furlough, your dad slows down and looks both ways at every
intersection—even when the light is green.
see someone 8 blocks from your house wearing something you just threw in the
trash 15 minutes ago.