Hey, “how you doin” (in my Wendy Williams voice, with the hand gestures and all)! So, this is good! I promise it is! You haven’t waited in vain!
On May 21,1984, Lee Greenwood, an American country artist wrote the song, “God bless the USA – I’m Proud to Be An American”! He meant it as a song for unification and patriotism, for the people of the United States of America! He wrote it in response to his feelings about the shooting down of Korean Airlines flight 007 – wikipedia.
If you listen to the words of the song, you’d understand why it resonates with the American people. The song gives you not only a feeling, but a resolve to be patriotic. Americans sing this song loud and proud, mostly on the 4th of July. It tells the story of the land of the brave and free!
Ok, I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m telling you this, right? Like I said earlier, you didn’t wait to have a blogversation with yours truly, in vain! Because I have exciting news!
Eleven days ago, I sang that same song (with gusto), with about 70 other people, our family and friends, court and USCIS officials! Yep, I took an oath of naturalization, to become an American! And yes, I am proud to be an American!!
This journey started six years ago and if you’d asked me seven years ago, if I knew I’d become a naturalized American, I would have said, no! Never once did I dream of or had plans of visiting to even talk of moving, to the United States!
Interestingly, my first love was from America and my second love moved to America! Maybe those should have been signs for me, but nah. Then I was told by my Auntie’s pastor that I’d live in America. I thought it was just “one of those things” pastors say to get you to join their church. So of course, I paid him no mind. Hmm, funny enough, it was love that brought me to America!
So when I hit the five year mark of living in the land of the brave and free, I decided for my Gingy’s sake (yeah…it was for me too, but mostly, her), to become a citizen of The United States of America!
Though I have given up allegiance to my father and mother lands; I am still a child of both countries! I am Liberian by blood and birth, I am Ghanaian by blood and now, I am an American by choice! God bless America!!
So there’s my good news! Till our next blogversation (which will be very soon, I promise) I remain,