Friday, October 23, 2015


Yesterday was a really big day. We got up early to meet son Austin and fiance Areej in Kyle, then headed over to the Texas Institute of Cultures in San Antonio, on the Hemisfair park grounds.

Why were we there? Because, after 15 years of being a "permanent resident",  this girl was about to make it official, and become a gen-u-ine "American Woman"!

The participants had to be there a couple of hours early to complete paperwork and get the lowdown on how the ceremony would be conducted. That left their loved ones plenty of time to wander around the museum which, by the way, is awesome.

They've got amazing displays for just about every ethnic group that helped to settle Texas.

The ceremony began with this little Army band playing everything from Sousa to Guns & Roses (seriously?!)...

and ended with a moving slide show and Lee Greenwood's ever popular Proud To Be An American song which, despite its stale overuse, almost always manages to make me teary-eyed. Especially on this day.

And, of course, there was a celebration afterwards involving mass quantities of food.

At Boudro's, on the River Walk

When asked how she felt about being an official U.S. Citizen, Areej rubbed her hands together in glee and said "Finally, I can VOTE!"

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