It’s a privilege to not only live in America, but to be able to become an American Citizen.
I am very thankful to be here and that I am married to a man who was determined to live here someday and made it happen soon after we were married. I am very thankful that our country is still the ‘Land of the Free’ and the ‘Home of the Brave’.
People who come here are often more patriotic and more excited and proud to be American than those who are born and raised here.
Isn’t that typical of so many things in life? When you’re given privilege from birth, you tend to expect it. When you’re born here, you don’t know what its like anywhere else. This is your normal so you take it all for granted.I wish that natural-born American citizens could go through the process that I went through to officially become an American.
There are application fees, finger prints, background checks, medical examinations, and then there’s the dreaded test!
I’m a homeschool Mom. I was really worried about the citizenship test. People from other countries, who barely speak English, study for the test and pass with flying colors. I wasn’t worried about failing, I was worried about not getting perfect score. How could I teach my 9 babies their lessons and not get a perfect score. Its a test about a very important subject; America. I speak English, I graduated high school, and I even studied a bit of American history as a teenager. There was no excuse to do poorly, but I actually applied myself and studied for the test like it was really important – because it was.
After I had met the requirements, I was given the date to appear in court before the judge. I’m very happy to tell you that the swearing-in ceremony is one of celebration and congratulations. It was a festive, yet solemn moment. We stood together and said “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Altogether we pled our allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and were given a very moving talk about our right, privilege and responsibility to our country.
My Husband and beautiful American children all came with me to the big courthouse.
What did we do after such an important appointment? We left the courthouse and went straight to American Coney Island hot dog restaurant downtown Detroit, and had a hot dog. Then we walked right next door to Lafayette Coney Island restaurant and had another hot dog; and then we voted on which one had a better hot dog. After that, we went home and had apple pie. How American is that? Mission accomplished; fully proud to be an American.
As I’m celebrating the 4th of July, Independence Day, I will be thinking about this great country, a leader among nations, founded by Godly men and fought for by our brave men and women. I will be praying that we will continue the heritage and the values and the principles that the country was founded on.
God Bless America!