January 26 is the July 4 of Australia.
Australia Day. A day to celebrate a nation.
And for us, it was a day to become Australian.
For those who didn’t know, Max was Australian before he became American. Strange, we know. His first passport was Australian. And we even had to take a special trip to the US Embassy to prove that yes, his mommy and daddy are totally American and its okay for him to be one too.
Funny thing how hard it can be to prove you lived in a country for 20+ years.
So our little world travelling dual citizen inspired us. (Yes, at only a few months old.)
We filled out the papers. Actually, I filled out the papers. (Hey, its a lot of work, I’ll take some credit!!)
We took a test. (Both got 100%!)
And this Australia Day, we became… Australians.
So what does this mean?
- We can come and go as we please (No more visas and paperwork)
- We can vote (We LOVE politics! Bring on that civic duty!!)
- We can travel on an Australian passport (Make that, we MUST travel on an Australian passport! We can’t even leave the country until it arrives… hopefully next week!)
- We continue to benefit from Australia’s amazing national health care system.
We are also still fully American. We have our passports. We still vote (albeit by absentee!). And even though there’s no health care coming our way from America, there are a bazillion other things we love about the country.
But its Australia Day… so we’re celebrating this nation!
A nation where the spirit of “mateship” guides relationships between friends and strangers.
A nation with a tenacious, pioneering drive.
A nation where you’ll never survive without a sense of humour and the ability to laugh at yourself.
A nation where you can walk to the store barefoot.
A nation where if you don’t know who Don Bradman is, you might as well turn around and go home.
We are so grateful that this culture has taught us how to be better friends, to never give up, to laugh, to not take ourselves to seriously, and to enjoy sports just that little bit more.
Happy Australia Day… to all our mates around the world.