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.