I’m getting a little worked up just trying to write this first sentence.
Throughout the handful of years I’ve been in my career, I’ve witnessed many occurrences that have made me reflect on what a privileged life I have lived thus far, and how lucky I am to continue to do so. During some of these situations, I have had to sit by helplessly and watch authorities handle a situation; luckily, during most of these events, I am able to provide the needed resources and service to others.
Yesterday, my library hosted the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services who performed an Independence Day themed Naturalization Ceremony to 50 new Americans. It was my first time being privy to a naturalization ceremony, and I even got the chance to welcome them to the library and (stutter) across the message of how fitting it is that such a democratic process would take place in this democratic institution.
Its a little nationalist, and I sometimes hate feeling that way because I really don’t think we as Americans have the right to simply declare that we’re the “best country ever kthx God bless us always”, but these 50 individuals chose freely to become citizens and pursue opportunity.
Seize the day, peeps. Seize the mother effin day.