Steve is one of those guys who just soaks in knowledge and learning. He speaks 4 languages fluently, and his English is impeccable. He knows more U.S. history than most Americans and loves to have quizzing contests with the kids asking them questions like: who was the 14th president or when was the constitution written etc.?
He said it was always his dream since he was a small boy to become a U.S. citizen, and we were very excited that we could be there with him on his special day. As we watched the different videos on citizenship I was nearly brought to tears with pride in our country. Hearing the names of 30+ countries being called, representing people who were becoming citizens on Monday filled me with gratitude that they had a place to come where they could be free to pursue their dreams.
I am reading a book about the constitution to the kids entitled Our Consitution Rocks (silly title I know), and I have grown a much greater appreciation for our country, how it was founded and the opportunities, freedoms and safety it has provided for so many people. I highly recommend it as an easy to read book that clearly explains what the constitution is about.
|Taking the oath|
|Steve, his wife and us.|
Since it isn't every day that you get to witness a naturalization ceremony we called this a field trip and marked it off as geography, civics and social studies!