Today we discuss the tck wedding. I shall generalize freely. "TCK" stands for Third Culture Kid - those of us that grew up overseas and have a strange mix of our parent's home culture and culture we grew up in that makes a unique "third" culture.
In my gang of friends, weddings are reunions. For me, my old friends and their families are like my own extended family. I desperately wish I lived near them all, but alas they are scattered across the world. I LOVE it when someone gets engaged because it means I might get to go to the wedding and simultaneously celebrate the union of people I love and also see precious old friends.
Here's a few key things about a tck wedding, reflecting the wedding I got to be a part of this summer in London.
a) multiculturalism. We gather friends and family from around the world. So many different cultures represented. There was a marriage rap from a London kid. Scottish family. Friends from Korea. American servicemen. Singaporean family.
Rachel, accountability partner in high school, valedictorian of my class (except we had three valedictorians. They had identical GPAs), teammate on the school basketball team (I sucked), and fellow lover of discussion and adventure was the bride at this wedding. I love her entire family, and I love their world in England.
And so it was wonderful, so wonderful, to be with old friends.