The Lighter Side of this Canuck’s Deportation (or not)
[photopress:US_Canada_Flag.jpg,full,pp_image]In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving today, I feel compelled to divulge that I am on the precipice of a life-altering decision: to be or not to be. American, that is.
I was born Canadian and always resolved to die Canadian. Until I married an American and gave birth to two half-breeds. My permanent residency expires early next year and some major decisions need to be made. Namely: do I forsake The Motherland and all that is holy?
Or at least that which is really, really cold.
I love this country and will likely live here the rest of my life. As a wee Calgarian lassie, we learned about
The Evil Empire the United States in elementary school. One lesson was on Denver. A fellow classmate asked the teacher about our great city and she explained “Denver is kind of like the Calgary of the United States.”
I resolved then and there I would live in Denver someday. Prophetic little Canuck, wasn’t I?
So, the question remains: do I renew? Or do I convert?
Admittedly, after the mudslinging-that-has-been-this-election-season, the novelty of becoming politically active has worn off. And somehow, I don’t think participating on CBS’s The Amazing Race (where an American passport is required) is a very worthy reason.
Though make no mistake: I would have kicked some serious butt. Or at least been very entertaining as I landed on mine.
What it really comes down to I just can’t forsake my roots even though this ol’ trunk is planted firmly on American soil. Nor do I want to face the humiliation of flunking the citizenship exam. (You are, after all, talking to the woman who argued in college that Abraham Lincoln was indeed a founding father.)
During a recent trip to Boston, my loving, supportive and utterly devoted husband and I talked about my options, during which time he offered this:
“Amber, if you are deported… [choose the correct answer]
1) I’ll cry myself to sleep every night.
2) I will make out with The Great Pumpkin while you are gone.
3) I will not be able to survive one moment without you.
4) You WILL take the children with you back to Canada.”
You don’t want to know the real answer.
To be or not to be. What do you value most about your citizenship?