Quite the contrary, Young One was born and is being raised outside of the country of her citizenship and has already visited several European countries, a few of them many times:
She's been to nearly every region of Italy, including long stays on two of her islands.
And she's visited (not just passing through) each of these states in the US:
The District of Columbia
She is nine. Most of those nine years have been spent living in the north of Italy.
This summer we'll head back to our families in the States, and she'll visit two new states: Texas and New York.
Not too shabby.
Sometimes I think she would be just as happy (or happier) to be a little Cajun girl surrounded by the comfort of family and culture in South Louisiana...I really, really do. She adores her cousins and pines for them throughout the year, this girl of mine.
Or maybe, just maybe, she'd prefer being a mixed Cajun, Italian, American, Virginian, Neapolitan, hybrid, Third Culture, bilingual, music-loving girl...in Paris, of course. Of course! Because, at times, she loves those parts of her just as much.
Our strong message to her is that she (and only she) is the one who decides her ultimate identity. No one has the power to tell her who she "is." She owns that. People love to do that, you know: put us all in neat, nicely-labeled boxes. Hopefully, these blessed travel experiences will shape that identity for her and contribute to her freedom to forgo the box.
Afterall, who wants to live in a box when there is Paris?
or New Orleans?