Yeah, I'm doing it.
I'm breaking down and getting citified (wait, that's actually a word? I thought it was going to be a funny play on countrified .... heck! According to my spell check even THAT is a word. What IS the world coming to?)
Saving me $400/yr on a work visa, not having to deal with funny looks every time I cross a border ...
I've lived here for 1/3 of my life.
At 31, that's not really THAT long.
But considering I plan on staying here.
As in I have NO plans whatsoever of moving back to S. Alberta ...
1/3 is going to slowly become 1/2 then 3/4 ... eventually living in Canada as a "child" will be a fading memory that I'll tell my grandkids of (assuming my kids have kids).
Vacations there won't be "going home for a visit", it'll be "visiting Canada for a few weeks".
Honestly, Texas has become home.
I honestly can't say I feel any strong ties to the United States, other than my children.
I love Texas.
If they changed the pledge to "I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas ..."
Actually Texas DOES have a pledge!
"I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible"
I'll pledge to be indivisible with you anytime ;)
I'll admit, I have struggled internally with giving up my Canadian citizenship.
It's the place of my birth.
It's where my family resides.
It's where I lost my heart for the first time.
I have billions of tiny memories, emotions, friendships all tied up in people and places there.
I didn't flee my country to find a better life in the U.S.
I didn't hope to live the American Dream.
I came because I married an American ... and at the time as far away from my parents and the marital struggles they were experiencing was a blessed relief.
I never thought I'd marry an American, it never crossed my mind, even once.
Even living in the states was a foreign concept.
Other than maybe for school.
But live here?
Give up Canada for America?
Even as I write it, I fight against it.
We're friendly countries, that share the longest common border in the world.
So what's with the hoopla?
Why make is so hard for a friendly neighbor to live a productive life?