If you read my last column, then you know that I finally found a home in Texas.
This helped me make a major decision. I am a “green card” holder. My children, of course, are American citizens. Someone once told me I should become an American citizen like them, but it goes deeper than that.
Giving up your own nationality should not be a decision taken lightly, and I firmly believe it needs be made for the right reasons, not simply to have the “permission” to stay in this country or to bring more relatives here. For me, it was a very personal decision. I needed to be able to identify with the American culture, American ideologies and American values.
A lot of people take certain rights for granted, including the very important right to vote. I want to obtain citizenship so I can take part in the processes that shape and build this country.
This is my second attempt at this goal. I was close to that point last summer, but I wasn’t really sure yet so I delayed the process. Now, I really want to be an American citizen.
Having dealt with the Department of Homeland Security, I know it will most likely be a lengthy process. It will take a lot of studying. I checked the tests; they are not easy.
And it will take some time to save up the money to achieve my goal because the application comes with a hefty price tag.
But I will get there.
Albert Einstein once said: “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things.” This is my goal and my dream for a happy life. I am elated just having made the decision.
Hearing America’s national anthem always brings tears to my eyes. I cannot wait to hear it as an American citizen and feel the pride that comes with it.
Of course, I won’t be able to lose my accent and people will still ask me where I am from. I’m not sure what my response will be. Maybe it will be: “I was born and raised in Germany. I got married in Germany. Two of my children were born there, but I am an American.”
Finally, I will have to decide if I will be a Democrat or a Republican. So far, I can’t make up my mind. I always have been somewhere in the middle.
I know who will rally for the Republican Party from Day 1; my husband is the most die-hard Republican I have ever met.
I believe that is why he loves Texas.
But the great thing is, it will be my decision.
That’s a benefit that comes with living in a free country.
This is my home now and I will defend it with whatever means are available to me.
William Shakespeare said: “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”
This country is my friend, and here, my family and I will grow.