The Duality of it all………….

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If you have been following The Chicago Files for a while, you will no doubt know that I talk a lot about my observations, musings, and general findings here in Chicago.

Well my dear readers, today’s post is of a more personal nature.  Today, I became a U.S. Citizen! I am now a dual-citizen, holding citizenship in the United States and Canada.  This afternoon I attended an Oath Ceremony.  There were people from approximately 40 countries (about 130 people taking the Oath along with yours truly) in attendance.  It was a wonderful greeting, and very moving.

I could feel the nervousness, excitement, and anticipation fill the room.  It was a surreal experience, to be sure.  I loved every minute of it.

Before we received our Naturalization Certificates, every country represented was called in alphabetical order.  From Albania to Zimbabwe, we stood when our country of origin was called.  I was one of two Canadians present.  I was astonished at the global coverage of soon-to-be U.S. Citizens.

The gratitude I feel as I write this post is beyond my ability to describe in words.

Bless the United States and Canada; I have the honor and privilege of calling them both my home.

Gratitude

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  53 comments for “The Duality of it all………….

  1. October 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Congratulations and Timmies and Timbits for everyone!!!!!!

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    • October 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      *LOL* Thank you so much!! I’ll drink (coffee) to that!!! Cher xo

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      • October 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm

        Let’s just hope that it was some Timmy’s… lol!

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      • October 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm

        Sadly, no! I sure am wishing for a Timmy’s right now, though!! *biggest grin* Cher xo

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  2. October 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    This is great news, congratulations! Welcome home – to your other home!! 🙂

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    • October 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Awh, thank you so much, John! It feels absolutely fantastic!! Cher xo

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  3. October 16, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Congratulations, Cher! It’s good to have you officially on our side. 🙂

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    • October 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      *LOL* Thank you, Mike! I am incredibly grateful!!! Cher xo

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  4. Adam Hughes
    October 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Oh,congratualations! How wonderfully exciting 🙂 I wish I lived in Canada or the USA. xx

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    • October 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Ah, thank you, Adam! I am extremely fortunate to now be a dual citizen of U.S. and Canada. I do realize how lucky I am. Cher xo

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      • Adam Hughes
        October 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm

        Gosh,you can go where the good weather is. you lucky lady. xox

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      • October 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

        *biggest grin* I am lucky beyond words, Adam, and I am very grateful and humbled! Cher xo

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  5. October 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Congratulations! Woohoo!!!! (And Chicago is my most favorite US city. It has a special place in my heart!)

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    • October 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Ah, bless! Thank you so much! I feel the same way!! And I truly feel so incredibly grateful and appreciative. Cher xo

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  6. October 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Congratulations Cher!! I’m glad to hear you can be have dual-citizenship. I didn’t think the US let you do that. That’s great that they do. Good for you!!

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    • October 16, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes, the United States allows dual citizenship with Canada. There are some countries that the United States will allow this duality, and some it won’t. I am extremely fortunate! Cher xo

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  7. yeseventhistoowillpass
    October 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Hey that’s wonderful. I’m glad you took the time and much trouble to do it. Now you can vote.

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    • October 16, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you so much! As a matter of fact, I registered to vote right outside the Oath Ceremony Auditorium! That is extremely important to me!! Cher xo

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  8. October 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    That’s awesome Cher!!! You’re an Americanadian!!! So pleased for you!!! Congrats and big hugs!!! 🙂

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    • October 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much, Donna! I am absolutely over the moon about it!! Big hugs back, Cher xo

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  9. October 16, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Congratulations!

    I hope you can find a fitting life-balance of timbits and White Castle burgers.

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    • October 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Joseph! Ah yes, it is always about the balance, isn’t it? Cher xo

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  10. October 17, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Congratulations! That is just wonderful. I love America very much! I miss living there! I’ll return one of these days haha. Anyhow, I am very happy for you :).

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    • October 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you so much, Rob! Ah, I didn’t know you lived in the US before! I am extremely lucky and grateful!! Cher xo

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  11. Don
    October 17, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Congratulations Cher. What a privilege that must be for you. I think it’s wonderful. 🙂

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    • October 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you so much, dear Don! Oh yes, it is a wonderful privilege and I am so fortunate! Truly, I am filled with gratitude! Cher xo

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  12. October 17, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Open the champagne! HOORAH!

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    • October 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Wahoo! *LOL* Thank you so much, Billy Ray!! Cher xo

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  13. October 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations, Cher, you must be delighted! Just a query – I thought the US didn’t allow dual citizenship because when the Dirty Digger Murdoch became a US citizen he had to renounce Australian citizenship. Has it changed since then or are Canadians seen as cousins and close buddies?

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    • October 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Thank you so much, Mo! Ah, a very good question indeed my dear! There are some countries who have an agreement with the United States and are allowed to keep their home country citizenship when they become U.S. Citizens. Canada is one of those countries, but I believe Australia is not. There are quite a number of countries who have the dual citizenship agreement with the U.S. Here is a list of the countries on the “yes” list and the “no” list:
      http://www.immihelp.com/citizenship/dual-citizenship-recognize-countries.html

      Cher xo

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  14. October 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    oh you American you!
    time to put the kettle on and relax a little 🙂
    great to be with you again on a Friday night 🙂
    love love
    Nx

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    • October 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Ah my dear Niki! Thank you so much! Right then, kettle on and relax!! You too, my dear! Cher xo

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      • October 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm

        Oh Sweet Angel,
        have missed you much
        Nx

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  15. October 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Congrats! I love it here in Canada 🙂

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    • October 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you, Christy! And welcome to The Chicago Files!! Cher xo

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  16. October 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Congratulations on becoming a U.S. citizen.

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  17. October 18, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Congratulations Seaangel444, and welcome to the family.

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  18. kraftycatcreations
    October 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Congratulations! Hot dogs all around! 🙂

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    • October 20, 2014 at 7:06 am

      *LOL* Thank you!! And of course I have to make mine a, “Chicago-style”! *grin* Cher xo

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  19. October 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Woo-hoo! I’m happy for you!

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  20. October 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Félicitations… so you don’t forget your roots, eh!

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    • October 25, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Ah, thank you so much! No, I sure won’t forget my roots! No doubt about that, eh!! xoxo

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  21. October 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Congratulations, my friend. That is wonderful. I’ve been thinking about my own naturalization (at 18) this wk after seeing a post on this topic. I remember being impressed that the judge was so kind. He had a nice smile for us all in that colorful room. It wAs a special moment.

    Love,
    Diana

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    • October 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Awh, thank you so much, Diana! That is so incredibly thoughtful of you. Ah, what a wonderful memory! Such a special and important moment. Thank you for sharing this with me, Diana! I feel so grateful to be a U.S. Citizen! Love Cher xo

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  22. October 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    this is really great. congratulations

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  23. October 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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  24. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez
    November 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Whenever I see this Oath ceremony I get positively misty eyed. 🙂

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    • November 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Ah, Jackie, yes, I know exactly what you mean! I wore waterproof mascara and now I know why! *grin* Cher xo

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  25. November 2, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Congratulations!!! America is everyone, that’s what a lot of people from other countries forget. They are us and we are them:) America IS the United Nations…LOL You said it beautifully, my fellow Chicagoan:) Lovely post.

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    • November 2, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Awh, thank you so much, dear! And how wonderful are your comments! Perfectly stated! I concur completely, my fellow Chicagoan!! Truly, I am extremely blessed to be part of two magnificent nations!! Big hugs, Cher xo

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