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My family speaks one language, I was raised in another — and my heart and mind speak a third

Bordeaux, France. Photo: Cavan Images/Getty Images

A few months ago, I filled out a form that confirms that I will one day be buried in the Comoro Islands, my mother’s homeland, rather than France where I grew up — but I used the wrong Social Security number. On purpose. I miswrote the numbers because I don’t think I’ve ever belonged to my mother’s homeland. Honestly, I’ve never really felt like I belong anywhere.

In seventh grade, my math teacher asked if anyone spoke a language other than French or English. Some of my classmates said Turkish, and others said Arabic; sheepishly, from the back of the…

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