Tuesday, July 23, 2019

My husband is a German citizen, so as soon as Smarty was born, we headed to the German Consulate in San Francisco to apply for her German naturalization papers. This gives Smarty an opportunity to live. study, and work in Germany (and across the European Union) if she chooses so in the future.
Smarty told me recently, "You know, I never thought much of my dual citizenship when I was younger, but now I am so happy that I can live in Europe. It's good to have options!". Right now she is not considering the move "across the pond" and neither do we, but who knows what happens a few years down the road. Even better, her children can also get German citizenship even if she stays in the US - as long as she applies for it within a year of their birth.
Who knows, perhaps a gap year travel or just a semester abroad are in Smarty's future. I am a little jealous of all the options that she might have in her life, and I just hope that she will make good use of opportunities given to her.

Your Turn

Have you traveled abroad? Where?

2 comments:

Joyful Learner said...

I wish I can live in Paris for the healthcare alone. And it would be wonderful to be able to study abroad and even do undergraduate in countries like Germany (especially if you are bilingual). I have a feeling it will not be sustainable to raise kids in the US by the time our kids are grown up.

Ticia said...

That is a pretty amazing benefit. It's also interesting what you realize is important as you get older.

I've been to Europe briefly in high school, and then England for my honeymoon. I went to Hong Kong in high school because we lived there when I was a baby (and thus had no memories of living there).