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Six-Word Saturday #93

Posted on: September 22, 2017

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Nineteen years to earn American citizenship!

After 19 years of visas, background checks, fees, forms, lawyers, worrying, and more, I became an American citizen on September 18. The swearing-in ceremony was held at Beatrice, the same town where my husband and I got married. Prior to the ceremony we ate at Valentino’s with my in-laws. Following the ceremony we revisited favorite haunts. Beatrice is where I rented my first house and adopted my first cat. The town is also about the size of the one I grew up in and so immediately felt comfortable to me. I taught in the area for three years.

As for the ceremony, it was held at Homestead National Monument. There were speeches and awarding of certificates. Thirty-two people from the Congo, Iraq, Canada, and many other far-flung nations, became Americans on this day. Thanks to Andy for the photos!

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