November 20, 2003

Good Week!!

jk and I had a good week.

Monday jk brought me mini roses. It was my anniversary. The day I gave my oath to this great country. It was not the day I became a citizen. I became a citizen the day my parents were sworn in. It was the day that I went before a judge and answered the question, "why do you want to be an American citizen?" Few people get asked that and few people's lives depend on the answer. The judge asked my parents to leave so I could answer the question alone.

Why do I want to be an American citizen? This is my home. I was two months old when I came here. I've never been loyal to any other country not even to the land of my birth. What does it mean to be an American citizen? It means I have freedom and liberty but I also have responsibility. I have to be of good character. I have to be willing to defend the US and its Constitution. I have to be able to speak English (it's in the requirements).

My parents wanted me to be sworn in, in case something happened. I'm happy that I did it. They usually don't swear people in unless they're eighteen. I was eight.

I re-read the oath every year and every year I'm honored that I have been given this right.

Yes, America has its problems. Right now Bush in in England, defending our rights to be Americans. Europe hates us. Jealous? Yup, we're capitalist pigs and proud of it. Yup, we got us a Cowboy for President. I don't mind. I love Cowboys. They have a great code of honour. He looked pretty good dining with the Queen. And Laura... I'm proud to call her First Lady.

'nuff said.

Posted by Riza Rivera at November 20, 2003 3:12 PM