“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go. I’m standing here outside your door. I hate to wake you up to say goodbye” This song made popular by the group Peter, Paul, & Mary came to my attention in my teen years. I remember well the day – sitting at the piano in the high school girls lounge, plunking the keys, singing like no one was listening – Because no one was!
Many teenagers sang this song mournfully through the years, all on the brink of a tearful goodbye, but among third culture kids it was considered our song. Because who left on jet planes more than us?
So as I scan the airport, bleary-eyed, I reminisce with a smile. I’m off to beautiful Colorado to a massive TCK ‘family’ reunion. I cannot wait to write about it next week. Until then, I will be taking a break from writing. I will be posting quotes from Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging every day. Each quote will be on a photo, ready to be shared, tweeted, most of all – enjoyed!
The winner of the book giveaway will be announced on Tuesday, July 29! Tune in to see who won!
Did you mournfully listen to “Leaving on a Jet Plane” while traveling as a teenager? Do tell!
Buy Between Worlds. Between Worlds, Essays on Culture and Belonging a set of essays on living between worlds today. The book is divided into 7 sections and each section is illustrated by my talented daughter – Annie Gardner. Home, Identity, Belonging, Airports, Grief & Loss, Culture Clash, and Goodbyes set the stage for the individual essays within each section. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.