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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 thoughts on “The Duality of it all………….

  1. Congratulations and Timmies and Timbits for everyone!!!!!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

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

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      1. babylonmagus says:

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

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

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

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  2. John says:

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

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

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

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  3. Mike says:

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

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

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

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  4. Adam Hughes says:

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

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      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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      1. Adam Hughes says:

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

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

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

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  5. Victo Dolore says:

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

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      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. Rosh says:

    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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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      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 says:

    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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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      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. D. Parker says:

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

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

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

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  9. Joseph Nebus says:

    Congratulations!

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

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

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

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  10. 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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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      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 says:

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

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      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. Open the champagne! HOORAH!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

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

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  13. 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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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      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. nikibayard says:

    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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    1. seaangel4444 says:

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

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      1. nikibayard says:

        Oh Sweet Angel,
        have missed you much
        Nx

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  15. Congrats! I love it here in Canada 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

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

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  16. Congratulations on becoming a U.S. citizen.

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  17. Congratulations Seaangel444, and welcome to the family.

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  18. Congratulations! Hot dogs all around! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

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

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  19. Woo-hoo! I’m happy for you!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Woo-hoo!!! Yeay! Thank you, Brenda!! Cher xo

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  20. babylonmagus says:

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

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

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

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  21. 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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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      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. this is really great. congratulations

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, thank you so much, Eddie!!! Cher xo

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

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, dear Natalie! Blessings to you, Cher xo

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  24. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

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

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      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. 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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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      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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