On Friday, I posted the first of five goals (from my Life List) that I will be sharing this week at Camp Mighty. My second goal is to become an American Citizen. The recent election really stirred a desire in me to vote. I grew up in Canada and voted there a few times before I moved to the States but since moving here over twelve years ago, I have been unable to vote. I had work visas for the first few years and now I am a permanent resident, but only citizens are able to vote. I was eligible to apply for citizenship three years ago but I didn't have the urge to do it until now.
I've downloaded and printed out the application and I'm ready to begin the long process of gathering all the paperwork and documents that are required to apply. It's not cheap, the fee to apply is at least $700 and it's similar to the permanent resident process, but with a civics test at the end! I handled the last application without requiring a lawyer and it took about 8 months from start to finish. I hope this one goes as smoothly.
I never really thought I would be doing this. The desire to vote and participate in politics surprised me but I think my oldest son's interest is part of it. I want to show him how to engage politically and teach him that it's an important right that we should take seriously.
I've also been influenced and spurred into action by Heather Barmore, Liz Gumbinner and Kelly Wickham. I may not be ready to start talking politics all over the place here, but I want to thank them for making politics understandable and accessible to a small town girl from Canada who wants to show her boys how to be the best American men they can be.
I am still very proud of my Canadian heritage and I see this as an addition to my identity, rather than a replacement. I will always be Canadian, and now I can be American too. For a while I worried about having to renounce my Canadian citizenship, but I've looked into and it seems I will be able to hold dual citizenship with no problem.
I won't miss out on the next federal election. Do you think there is a chance a women will be running for president? I really hope so, that would be so awesome. She'll probably have my vote for sure. I look forward to voting in federal elections with Milo when he turns 18 and Quinn when he turns 20. I will be so proud to see them participating in their community and in their future.