This afternoon I crossed paths with Roni who hails from Iraq. I didn't know him before today. He was so excited about passing his exam and becoming an American citizen today that he couldn't contain himself. As he rang me up at the cash register he told me how nervous he was about today's exam and now that he'd passed he was having a big party, tonight, to celebrate his first day as an American.
Even though I had literally sworn my life to support and defend the Constitution and follow the Code of Conduct ("I am prepared to give my life in their defense.") I still take my citizenship, health, and life for granted. I need to remind myself of this more often.
|Roni became one of America's newest citizens, today.|
For most, it's given; for Roni, it was earned.