Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I am now an American citizen

I took the oath yesterday. It was a surprisingly moving ceremony.
I'll blog all about it in a few days. Right now I just want to loll about and bask in the glory that is dual citizenship. And—wonder of wonders!—there's actually sunshine here in Seattle. The perfect way to begin.



  1. Congratulations. You probably know more about the Constitution than a lot of born American citizens. Welcome, even though you have long been welcome.

  2. Congratulations! We are honored to have you.

    If everyone of us had to go through what you did to become a citizen, this would probably be a better place.

  3. Congratulations! That takes a great deal to do!

  4. Welcome, officially, to the clan. By now, you know us well enough to realize we are a varied lot. And, you still chose to be one of us! We're better for it.

  5. Thank you, all.

    I took the oath with 70 others from 25 countries. And their family and friends. If I could have got the story from everyone in the room I would have a book that no one would believe... Most born-in-America citizens have zero idea how hard it is to get in, and how it feels to be made so welcome.

    So thank you again.

  6. Add my congratulations! I just heard a piece on the radio about a couple trying to get in; the line is so long that applications from 1993 are only now being considered. They applied in 1996.

    I find just looking at your certificate there surprisingly moving! We so take it for granted.

  7. We're lucky to have you. I wish you could have interviewed all those other people; it would make a great book. I do know something about how difficult the process is. Given how many good people this country gets through immigration, it really bothers me that we make it so difficult.

  8. Alyx, thank you!

    Elaine, I could have applied anytime. I haven't been waiting. From application to swearing-in took about four months.

    Vonda, thank you!

    Nancy, becoming a resident was really, really hard (and cost the amount of money, all-told, that we could have lived on for about eight months). Citizenship for me--an English-speaker--was fairly easy.

  9. Nice. I was with Sally when she finished her journey to citizenship. A brit as well. It was a chore but she is happy, and glad to be able to vote. Now she has a real voice.(SWMBO has always had a voice to me, now she can speak to the world in a new voice.)

  10. A note of mild dissent - I was going to write - emphasising the sad, sad loss to Mother Europe (a homeland not a Homeland) when I belatedly spotted you were referring to dual citizenship. Phew - that's all right then!

    1. That's the beauty of it. It's not Or it's and! Woo hoo. More more more...