What to do when you feel disconnected from your native culture
This is beautiful. Thank you for being so vulerable and sharing this - it blessed me! It is so true that God's grace has been enough, is still enough, and will be enough even when we can't connect with it due to lies and distractions. Blessings to you, may God's grace reach your heart, soul, and mind.
“I’m a beautiful blend of my mom and dad, and so are you!” - Torrie, I loved this! As an adoptee with English parents and a (proudly) Italian birth father and English birth mother, I’ve felt all the guilt about feeling, sometimes alternately, more closely drawn/relating to, feeling more one or the other culture of heritage (of my birth parents), and also my then guilty for feeling either for fear of betraying somehow my beloved, fully English mum and dad. This is so beautiful and I resonate with your words here, as before, in this way. Thank you for sharing them, and prayers for a blessed sabbatical- may the Lord lead your next steps! 🙏🏻💖
I enjoyed reading this. It made me think about something very important - that you can connect to both cultures but to various degrees. We tend to get the message that we need to connect to both equally but sometimes we connect to one culture more than another and in different contexts.
You also mentioned language - I think we are sometimes judged on belonging to one group based on whether we speak or how well we speak a language. I feel that is also judged by speaking both equally well while nuance is ignored.
Torrie, I am on vacation this week back on Cape Cod where we raised our family, so this is just a quick note, but I always appreciate your writing. You help broaden my thinking to issues I don’t often consider. Bless you friend.