VICKI - I WRITE THIS WITH TRUE CONVICTION.
I MIGHT BE CONSIDERING THAT WHOLE DEAL, AS I'M KINDA ON THE FENCE RIGHT NOW=
WITH ISSUES HERE. WOULD YOU MIND IF I GOT SOME INTEGRATION INFO FROM YOU I=
N THE NEAR FUTURE? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR IT FROM SOMEONE WHO JUST PASSED THR=
OUGH IT SUCCESSFULLY AS I WILL NEED HELP AND ASSISTANCE IN TAKING ALL THE R=
IGHT STEPS AND IN THE RIGHT ORDER. pLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE UP TO QUES=
TIONS AND / OR ANSWERS.
Subject: Re: +OT: apologies and waaay off topic
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 12:10:57 -0400
Congratulations on taking the oath. Others don't need to understand it, yo=
u do, and that is what counts. Heck, a lot of people probably can't even un=
derstand why you roast your own coffee.
Very pleased that your stepson returned, as did Dennis. Though most of us =
don't know each other personally, I feel there is a connection and we can f=
eel the angst and pain that others go through, and we care what happens.
Again, good to have you back. Look down the list and you will find an inte=
resting thread about your favorite and best, hit the nail on the head, thre=
ad, which is quite interesting. Would love to know yours, should you desir=
e to share about it.
No matter, you are back and we are glad that is the case.
All the best,
At 10:07 AM 10/21/2007, you wrote:
I've been pretty much MIA in this group for the past several months. I apol=
ogize. Most (if not all) of whatever success I have had with coffee roastin=
g comes from the information and support I have gotten from this group and =
I take seriously what I feel is my responsibility to contribute when I can.
That being said, I have been inactive for some really good reasons. There w=
as my wonderful, and long overdue, vacation with my sweetie, which involved=
roasting on beautiful Hornby Island and drinking magnificent coffee in som=
e of the most beautiful places in North America. I was soooo close to miKe'=
s home town, but felt like this was probably not the time to intrude on his=
life. Now, when he gets his cafe up and running, I'll take a trip over the=
mountains just for that!!
The other thing that happened is that when we got home, there was a letter =
from the government telling me that I had completed the process for becomin=
g a citizen and that I was to report for the oath in three days time in Cal=
gary (100 miles or so from here). All together, this has been a seven year =
journey, and it was a very big deal for me.
I know that most of my US friends don't really understand why I would want =
to become a Canadian, even after I tell them that I do not have to give up =
my US citizenship to do so. And certainly, as I looked around the room and =
saw that of the 100 people being welcomed into citizenship, the overwhelmin=
g majority came from countries where they had little or no opportunity for =
economic success or the free exercise of rights we too often take for grant=
ed here, in both the US and Canada.
Still, it was important to me to be able to vote and be involved in the "re=
sponsibilities" part of what citizenship is all about. The "rights" were mi=
ne from the day I got a residency visa.
It was one of the most moving and important days of my life. I only wish ea=
ch and every person in both countries could have the opportunity to think d=
eeply about the kinds of things that come up as one ponders ponders making =
a decision to become a citizen. Even though I did not come from a land wher=
e I was forced to live in fear or in abject poverty, deciding to stand up =
and become part of Canada in this way was very, very special.
I also wanted to that the people on this list who are in our nations' armed=
forces. My stepson got back from Afghanistan about the same time Dennis re=
turned to the US. As a mom, watching our adult children take on another res=
ponsibility of citizenship can be overwhelming in its own right.