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Proud to be American

January 12, 2012

Yesterday, was a big day. We celebrated hubby’s 35th birthday and my swearing-in as an American citizen. I still can’t believe it. I am an American citizen. Little Susi G., as the old gossips in my hometown, would say. All the way from middle-of-nowhere Germany to Boca Raton, Florida… U.S.A.!!!

91 people from 35 different countries, like Albania, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, France, Iran, Bangladesh to name just a few, were sworn in at the USCIS center in Royal Palm Beach with me. I was the only German.

After living here for 16 years and being very happy in my adopted home country, I finally took the last step. I passed the citizenship test back in December and was eagerly awaiting the letter telling me the day when I would swear theΒ  Oath of Allegiance.

After saying these words, I officially became a naturalized American citizen.

I was finally able to pledge my allegiance to the flag. (As a legal alien resident, but non-citizen, you are not supposed to pledge to the flag.)

It was a short, but for me, emotional ceremony. I had to hold back tears many times. But in the end I had a huge smile on my face. I did it. It’s official.

I am an American citizen!!! πŸ™‚

I’m excited I get to vote now and to carry a blue (my favorite color), not red passport. I will apply for that as soon as possible.

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  • Karen Greenberg January 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Congratulations to you! As a U.S. History teacher I love to hear about people who CHOSE to become part of our country. Your pride really shows in this post. Congratulations again!

    • Susi January 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you so much. It was an amazing thing. I still can’t quite believe that it’s true.

  • Brenda January 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    This is soooooooo awesome!
    Congratulations!!!!!

    • Susi January 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks, Brenda. It’s pretty amazing… πŸ™‚

  • My Kid's Mom January 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Congratulations!

    • Susi January 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you.

  • RoryBore January 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Might sound tad strange coming from a Canuck, but what the heck: Congratulations neighbour!

    Stop by my blog Friday when you have a moment: I’ve got something there for you.

    • Susi January 13, 2012 at 7:24 am

      I’ll take the congrats no matter where they come from…Thanks!!!:)

  • Joseph Alsarraf January 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! On your American Citizenship! : )

    • Susi January 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks.

  • Rebecca January 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    WOW WOW WOW!!!! I am so very happy for you! (((HUGS))) Welcome to the melting pot, my wonderful friend!!!!! I wish you many, many happy years here. May the United States of America continue to be a blessing to you, Susi!

    • Susi January 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you so much Rebecca. That was very sweet of you. I’m sure I will continue to embrace my life here… πŸ™‚

  • paul January 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Congratulations Susi on becoming a citizen. I hope it brings you continued joy

    • Susi January 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you, Paul. I think, it will… for me the next part of the journey is just beginning!!! πŸ™‚

  • Melissa January 16, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    How cool!

    Congratulations!

    • Susi January 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you very much.

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