Today my Babes became a United States Citizen. Her path to citizenship started, unbeknownst to her, on this very day exactly ten years ago. Many of you are familiar with that story. For those who aren’t, you may click here to read all about it.
Handan was living in Kazakhstan at that time, a single Turkish mother working as a civil engineer. Not long after our long-distance meeting on Facebook, she packed up her life and moved to Abu Dhabi to start on a new project with a new company.
A year and a half later, that project was abandoned, and Handan was forced to look for another job. She considered a job with a Turkish engineering company that would require her to travel to California on a regular basis. She asked me one day where Burlingame, California was. I told her it was about 30 minutes south of where I was living. She then told me about the job.
I knew right then, right there that I would marry this woman. Her journey towards citizenship had taken a major leap forward, but she still had no idea she was on it.
If you read our story, you know that she never took that job. The details of what happened next can be found there, if you care to look.
But since then, we’ve been together, and her journey became a shared adventure.
Together, we have lived in Doha, Qatar – a tiny country that sits atop Saudi Arabia, surrounded by the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. After Qatar, we visited America to get married. Her path towards citizenship was now official. We then spent a summer in Turkey, followed by a year in Afghanistan, living and working in a war zone. We spent the better part of a year in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – a paradise we wished we could have lived in far longer than we were able to. We lived for half a year in India – a beautiful country (even if our city wasn’t so nice).
And after all that, we somehow ended up back in the States in 2013. In my home state of Connecticut. In my home town of Glastonbury. All by chance.
We applied for her Green Card. Eight months later she became a resident alien (my Little Alien). She then waited three more years, during which time we bought a house and started a life here in America, including this blog you’re currently reading. In February 2017, she began the formal citizenship process. After another year of waiting, Handan’s number was up. It was her turn. She took her citizenship test this morning and passed with flying colors. She will take her oath on February 15, but as far as I’m concerned, she’s in the club.
Please welcome our newest United States Citizen – Handan Navage.
Congratulations, my Little Alien – you made it!