missionary kid n. Often abbreviated MK. A person who grew up abroad because one or both parents were missionaries.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a missionary kid in possession of an appreciation for GIFs should be in want of a listicle about them. So I took this important and highly intellectual burden upon myself. But I should first say that it's difficult to put all MKs into one category; for example, someone who lived in Germany might have have a different point of view than an MK who grew up in Peru or the Philippines. I lived in a remote town in Papua New Guinea, so I have a somewhat third-world perspective.
And then there are the hipsters — those magnificent demigods who were my creative muses. When I look at their glorious flannel, Coke-bottle glasses and high-waisted pants, I can't help but think that, in their extreme coolness, they actually look like every missionary I've ever met. But let's get one thing out of the way right up front: of course MKs and hipsters are not that fundamentally similar. I'm merely poking fun at both parties, so please don't get offended if you are one or the other (or both). You are both just awkward and beautiful subgroups that I'm fascinated by. So, please enjoy the social weirdness that was my childhood:Read More