In the book “Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds” authors, Pollock and Van Reken, designate three stages in preparing to live outside of your country of origin: Leaving, Transitioning, Entering.
Within those stages Third Culture people (people who have a place of origin, a host country and the combination of the two cultures …making a third culture) have similar experiences, as well as uniquely individualized experiences. However, they warn that there will be grief and mourning of losses accompanying each of these stages. (see upcoming post,”The Excitement of Leaving.”)
Nothing seems to be black and white when transitioning between two cultures. Life is not easily categorized. The Graytones recognizes third culture as life lived in the grey areas where life is — subtle and complex.