New Nationality

Everything changes while everything stays the same. It's like staring at the other side of the sphere as a new soul.

At 14:45 on December 14, 2007 I became a US citizen.

This is my 20th year in this great country and I feel extremely lucky to have had this opportunity in my life.

I have to say that these are rather selfish thoughts because, it turns out, that the most perfect woman in the world, happens to live here, so what is a guy to do.

The ceremony was really inspiring. Presided over by the Honorable S. Arthur Spiegel and the guest speaker was Mr. Neil A. Armstrong.

There were 87 people eager to become citizens, from 36 different counties. I was number 22 in line between a young husband and wife from Bulgaria and an older mother from China.

The speeches centered on the responsibility that we were taking on with the realization that America isn't perfect but that, as citizens, we are responsible to help improve it. I thought it refreshing to hear these words since it really speaks to the reality of all societies trying to become the best they can be. This is a privilege to be a part of.

As I left the courtroom I was greeted was greeted by the Daughters of the Revolution who are direct decedents of those that fought for the freedom of this great land.

My first act as a citizen was to register to vote. Important times ahead, I hope I can make the right choice for my grand kids.

Apparently, one of the lesser known perks of becoming a citizen is an introductory taste of fine cookies and punch, yummy.

Finally, leaving Potter Stewart Courthouse at 5th and Walnut in Cincinnati, I stand by the Bill of Rights, the cornerstone of freedom to live by. I carry with me a congratulatory letters from George Voinovich, one of the Senators for Ohio and George W. Bush, though I don't think that was his actual signature.


Rob said...

Congratulations! Welcome to the country.

Now that you are a US Citizen the stars will align, your questions about goofy Americans will be answered, and your Mac will finally work properly for you.

Paul said...


Very cool. That makes for a good weekend and a nice Christmas present to yourself.

Good commentary too.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Ed. Very inspiring in these cynical times to read about you and others excited to become citizens.