I am so incredibly excited to announce that I am officially a United States Citizen! On September 26, 2019, I took my test and passed. I am so incredibly happy, and could not be any prouder of this country. I immigrated to the United States in the 80’s from Poland. My husband and I had been married for almost 4 years and didn’t see each other for most of those 4 years because he was granted a Visa and I was not. We met in high school, and became high school sweethearts. When it came time to my husband wanting to come to America, we sat down and had a serious talk and I agreed. He had been trying to get his Visa for a very long time, and I never even applied. It was a shock to us when he found out he would be allowed to come to the U.S.
Back then, there was no long distance calling (it was too expensive, and my husband came here with $5 in his pocket because he spent the other $5 on a Swedish guy he met on the boat to get him a beer, since he got my husband one), so we wrote letters. He sent me pictures all the time, and promised me that he was going to build us a life, so that when I was finally granted permission to come to the U.S. I would have a home to come to.
Then I got the news; I was granted a Visa.
I came to the United States with $10 (unlike my husband haha!), and a few of my belongings. The first thing I did was try to learn the English language as fast as possible by reading books, and watching TV. I found a job thanks to some Polish friends that we had met. It was a factory and where I worked, I was fine with knowing broken English. I worked at that factory up until a few days before I went into labor with my daughter, Monica. At this point, I had learned the English language, and was learning about the culture of this country (yes, it’s a melting pot, but it does have a specific culture), and my husband and I bought our first house. We had a German Shepherd, our daughter (several years down the line, our son), and a house. I even had a pink station wagon, that ended up getting stolen at the bank haha!
No matter what struggles we endured, especially in the beginning, we were so thankful for this beautiful country. We have (and continue) lived a life, that we may have never had if we stayed in Poland. I was always proud of America and Poland equally. We achieved the American dream, and on September 26, that dream was made 100% official when I was sworn in as a citizen.
I will forever be proud to be an American.
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