The Consulat Général deWashington asked me, “Pourquoi, voulez-vous etrê Française?”
It was a little over four years ago. We had driven all the way from Ohio for this interview. I didn’t get the French citizenship because my French wasn’t good. I, also, didn’t answer this question well.
I told her I wanted to be French because we were planning on moving to France within a few years. I wanted to work in France. My husband and children are French.
She told me that I could live and work in France without being French. She was correct. I have been doing just that for over two years.
If she were to ask me that same question today my answer would be completely different.
So, why am I going to ask for the French citizenship as soon as we have the money to translate the required documents?
I am French in my heart. I love France. I want to vote. I want to live my entire life here. But, more than all of that…I would die for France. I would do anything to protect her.
I don’t want the French citizenship so that I don’t have to renew my titre de séjour every ten years. It really isn’t that hard to renew.
For me taking the citizenship of a country is a big step. It should be done because it MEANS SOMETHING. It is not a light matter.
One of the reasons I didn’t want to stay in America was that for my mother’s sponsorship of Vilay to end he would have to become American. He could have asked after living in the USA for three years.
My problem with that is that he would never have felt American. I didn’t want him to become American just for paperwork reasons. I wanted him to be American only if he FELT American.
When I become French I will be proud to be French.
It will mean something.