So Help me God.

I missed my morning walk to the lake!
But, I had to be up very early to make it to Department of Homeland Security on time,
And I walked out an American.

The ceremony was beautiful and I didn’t think I’d get this sentimental.

The history of this land.
This American Quilt.

As 118 of us from 40 different countries recited The Oath of Allegiance I thought of the places I came from.
The judge said, “Please stand up when your country is called and remain standing.”

He started with Albania and ended with Yemen!

When he called, “Canada.” I stood very proud and grateful. My heart is in Canada.

I knew the land where dust was gathered to create my bones will not be called. And I won’t get the chance to stand for it. But my Palestinian bones clapped for me as I stood as a Canadian to recite the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America.

As we said, “against all enemies,” I prayed there won’t be any enemies, foreign or domestic.

When we said, “that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States,” I prayed there will never be need to bear arms.

“That I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law,” I will!

So help me God.

~ Sawsan


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22 Responses to So Help me God.

  1. Congratulations Sawsan! Great news 👏💚💕 Now come down under and become an Australian ha 😉😀💚

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  2. Congratulations Sawsan. That’s great! Just think of all those fantastic people over the ages who become citizens of the U.S.A. The success of our nation is founded on law-abiding citizens who take seriously the oath they give. Just like you said, let’s hope we do not have conflict in the world; although many think of the U.S.A. as an enemy. If only people desire to live in peace and work with free and peaceful nations toward this end – then we can continue to live without exhorting to arms. Glad you’re a part of the solution.

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    • Sawsan says:

      Thank you Ronnie. Yes, the oath hit a cord, every word of it. In my previous work as an interpreter with refugee settlement I sat through many citizenship hearings and ceremonies. But none hit me like today’s. Today it was me. All of it, rights and sacred duties.


  3. Congratulations! Well done. My hope is our country, yours and mine, continues to make us proud as we move forward…United.

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  4. Writer Lori says:

    Congratulations, Sawsan, and welcome! We are the richer for your presence.

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  5. Congratulations!

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  6. Dale says:

    I’ll join in on the congratulations to you. It is always best to have a voice in the land of our choosing (that was Jim Carrey’s reason for becoming an American citizen after so many years…)

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  7. Congratulations, and a hearty welcome!

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  8. Kiki says:

    I‘ve never replied although I clearly remember that post…. It was, maybe, because I couldn‘t fathom out your desire to become a citizen of this great land and I must have guessed that there were surely many reasons. And then, the day(s) and chores took over.
    I still – hopefully not too late – would like to congratulate you to having been accepted as ‚one of them‘ – I have no doubt that it is for your best. I know the feeling of not exactly knowing where you belong really and I only hope that Canada, your home land, will always have a first place in your heart. We hope to return to Switzerland for good as soon as we have sold our house here.
    The beauty of having lived in several countries is the inner richness you gather, the profound understanding and acceptance of all the differences between nations, their views of life, and the equally profound love for many of their inhabitants. We have close friends in Canada, USA, England, and in most European countries. That makes a pretty impressive family and many Christmas cards are being sent out by me 🙂

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    • Sawsan says:

      Thank you Kiki.
      I’ve lived here in the United States for the past 15 years. Becoming a Citizen makes my life easier, makes going in and out of the country easier. I was waiting for the laws to change where I don’t have to give up any of my other citizenships. The laws have changed. I found out about that by coincidence, while translating for a refugee at a citizenship hearing.

      Also, my daughter Layla was born here. She’s American, so its important for me to be where she is.

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  9. Kiki says:

    That clears up a lot of questions… Thank You. The forced giving-up of one‘s mother country‘s citizenship is a terrible thing. I have a South African friend who is married to an English and lives in England. For many, many years now she couldn‘t even visit European countries because she just wouldn‘t get a visa in time. It is all so complicated. I would NEVER give up my first citizenship; but then, who would? – It‘s Switzerland, after all…. 😉

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  10. Kiki says:

    Hero Husband is from Lausanne and therefore I ‚automatically‘ (well, I had to marry him first! But that wasn‘t much of a hardship either….) have also ‚citizenship‘ of Lausanne, meaning that, should I ever end up in a ‚poorhouse‘, I could claim a bed from them. Lausanne was a dreamy little town until the eighties. You wouldn‘t recognise it today…. It has become a strong and rather important place and many International HQs haven taken their place in it. Sadly, they also took a lot of the lovely places along the shores of Lac Léman! I‘m from Zurich originally, so we have, in one country, two very strong ‚holds‘ – and we‘re glad about it.
    When were you in L.? And why? I‘m always surprised at the reasons why people travel to the many different places….

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