This post was written as a submission for the carnival on bilingualism.
When I was born, my parents - who are both Belgians too - lived in Greece. Later, they moved to Italy, only to move back to Belgium when I was a little over two years old.
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All through my life I have felt like I lacked roots. To me, that's a good thing, it makes that I can travel and move from country to country and never grieve leaving. But in conversations it is always difficult. When people ask me where I am from, I will say Belgium, but I can't identify with any specific region, and I wouldn't want to live in Belgium either.
Will my chilld have the same feeling of not belonging? She has lived in three countries so far and she's only two and four months. She will probably live in a great many more. Will she experience this worldliness as a good thing, or will she resent us for it?