Happy Presidents Day!
Presidents Day is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732 and Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, who was born on February 12, 1809. It can occur on the 15th through the 21st of February inclusive.
Today it has been 13 years ago, I immigrated into the United States of America. I remember sitting with Katelynn (she was a little less than 4 months old) in my arms in O’Hare (Chicago International Airport), and I had only 22 US pennies in my pants pockets. I was very excited, but also a little bit scared. Because I did not know what the future would bring to us. While Kevin was calling his parents in NC, I looked out the window at the skyline of Chicago. I was thinking to myself: “Omg, what have I done, now? I’m over 4,000 miles away from home, no money in my pockets, no job lined up. I just hope, everything will work out alright!” Kevin was working long days, and went to school at night. In the meantime, I took care of the baby. Better work came with Kevin’s education. About 18 month after my immigration, we could affort a small house in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas.
Now 13 years later, having a house full of kids, dogs, cats, a backyard, and a car, I still have “no money” in my pockets. 😀 After the bills are paid, there is usually not much left. 😉 I learned there are a lot of great people in both places, my home and my home of choice. I traveled all over the US to enjoy the different mentality and hospitality of these states. I also enjoyed the landscapes this country provides to all of us. Here, I look back to over a decade of a great journey. Now I’m excited to see, what the next 13 years will have in store for me and my family.
People frequently like to ask me this question: “But you do get the chance to get home and visit family and friends quite often, don’t you?” I have to disappoint y’all. I came here, and never went back. And I never regretted my decision, either. 🙂
Today is a very important and historical day: the USA is celebrating the Inauguration of its 45th President, Donald J. Trump, and its 48th Vice President Michael R. Pence.
I don’t want to go too deep into politics. There is other social media to discuss the aspects of political issues, and I try to keep this blog clean. But I use this opportunity to post some photos of my day vacation in Washington, D.C. back in November 2015. It was a beautiful, sunny day; a perfect day to take a walk at the National Mall, and look at some important buildings and memorials. Standing in front of some, was more emotional than others. I had the chance to get a glimpse of President Barack Obama, and I looked at the original Declaration of Independence. I also witnessed the “Changing of the Guard” at the Arlington National Cemetery. It was a great pleasure to visit the Capital of the United States of America.
Last year in Spring, I had two choices: I can apply for a new green card, or I take the big step and become a citizen of the United States of America. After living in the US for 12 years, I decided to start the citizenship process.
It is nine months later. Everything is done. I took the Oath at the Naturalization Ceremony, today. And now I can say: “I am proud to be an American!”
UPDATE: I wanted to write a little bit more about this subject. But since we had guests with us, who celebrated this event with me, I had to keep it a little bit shorter.
This is my little “keepsake”:
Every year on Veterans Day, we have a ceremony in our girls’ school. Kevin and I decided to go to Sara’s elementary school, for the celebration last November. The guest speakers were Constable Michael A. Truitt and former The Colony Judge James R. DePiazza. I remember Constable Michael A. Truitt said something very touching to the kids. “…When you see the flag or a flyover before a ballgame or watch the fireworks on 4th of July, it gives you butterflies in your tummy, that is Patriotism. It makes you feel good inside. …” I choked up with him. And I had watery eyes. Because I knew exactly what he was talking about. I couldn’t have decribed it any better. It really does make ya feel good inside. And it is good to know, that we live in a country where we have the freedom to choose, if we want to respect the flag, the anthem, and so many more customs of the United States.
It was nice to hear something so beautiful and touching, while I was in the process getting my citizen ship.
I’m proud to be a part of this great country!