This is one of those rare personal posts and I don’t post many of them but I feel like it was such a big deal for me that I want to post about it on my little blog.
September will be my 18th year of living in the U.S. which means I have been living here for almost half of my life or lets say pretty much my entire adult life. Wow, it’s so strange to say this out loud and I know my parents don’t like hearing it. They have really mixed feelings about this subject. When my dad was just here and I talked to him about us possibly wanting to move back to Germany (which he wants more than anything) he had to admit that he isn’t sure I could handle it anymore. He saw how much I had adapted to the life here and how different I have become. He had to admit to himself and me that it would probably be really difficult for me to adapt to a German lifestyle again. German’s are much more private, uptight and not as outgoing as Americans and I think he is right. I would have a really hard time.
I still feel German though but I also feel American. The German government has always required their citizens to choose and dual citizenship is something special to obtain. Like I have mentioned before my immigration lawyer had told me that I wouldn’t get the permission to keep my German citizenship. Thanks to this blog and someone very sweet and special, I received the push and help to pursue it anyways and after applying and paying money, I was so proud to receive permission from the German government to keep my citizenship. This is pretty much why it took me all those years to finally get my American citizenship.
If you follow me on Instagram then you saw already that I passed the citizenship test which was a big deal for me because I was so nervous. Was it difficult? Nope, not really but my anxiety got the best of me when I stood in front of an immigration officer for a verbal test. I’m so glad one of my besties accompanied me and was there to cheer me on when I came out of the office with my thumbs up. She got all teary eyed for strangers people who walked out of the rooms after their tests.
I was happy to tell my friend that I was selected with 14 other immigrants to have my naturalization ceremony at the Phillies baseball game. I’m not a baseball fan at all, I MEAN AT ALL… but baseball is one of the most American things I could think of right? So it was the best way to celebrate becoming an American citizen. And my kids were super excited (well my daughter wasn’t really that excited, she told me I was ruining her life by forcing her to go to a baseball game. She’s very dramatic). But when she was at the game she was having fun and got swept up by all the excitement.
They don’t really ever have a ceremony like this at the Phillies game, it’s rather rare, so it made me feel especially honored to be able to do this.
You can watch a little movie:
My son calling out “mommy” in the video gets me every time. He was so excited!
Each of our countries of origin got called and we had to get up. There were 11 different countries represented.
The deputy major of Philadelphia handed me my ceritficate:
And this is where you can watch the movie above where we got to walk on the field and were announced tho the crowd before the game.
My kids and their second cousins watching me:
In this press release HERE you can read about why they had the ceremony at the Phillies game:
“Recognizing New Citizens: In recognition of Immigrant Heritage Month, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will conduct a Naturalization Ceremony hosted by the Phillies in association with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs. 15 immigrants will take their oath of citizenship (5:00 p.m., Media Room), and will then be introduced on-field pre-game.”
Now I have to hurry up and get a passport for when I travel to Germany which I will hopefully be able to get on Friday.
I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and the sense of finally belonging has definitely affected me.
I have made so many incredible friends since coming to this country and they have made me feel at home and welcome. And I consider all of you to be part of why I feel at home here and it means so much to me that I can share this moment with you.
Soooo now that’s said, I think I’m going to only post once or twice per week over the summer. We are heading to the beach soon and Germany is coming up too and there just isn’t much DIYing going on. If I have something cool to share I will but I’m not going to force it and talk your ear off about nonsense. It’s better that way, don’t you agree?
Talk to you soon.