Totally forgot to celebrate my Big Anniversary!
20 years ago I became a U.S. citizen.
Yaho-o-o-o-0, there were about 200 people at the ceremony in the Faneuil Hall in Boston on February 16, 1996 and all celebrated their 20th Anniversary this February. Congrats to all and myself!
The lady in the office congratulated me with passing the citizenship exams and shook my hand.
“Now, Mr. Chidlovski, congrats. It’s a big day in your life… Would you like to change your name?”
“My name?” – I am a bit puzzled. “What name should I change to?”
“Anything you want!”
“Hm… I like Walter. Walter Chidlovski!”
“Oh, no. I meant your last name. It’s a little too long, don’t you think?.. Arthur is OK”
“Really. Can I change both first and last name?”
“Certainly. Anything you want to.”
“Write me down as Benjamin Franklin.”
She smiles. She has a sense of humor.
“It is already taken, Mr. Chidlovski. So be it. You remain Mr. Chidlovski!”
20 years passed. For whatever it is worth, I am still Arthur Chidlovski.
Besides, Chidlovski Blog Chidlovski has more vibe in it than Benjamin Franklin Blog Benjamin Franklin. Right?
In a few weeks after the ceremony in the Faneuil Hall, I received a letter from the White House in Washington, DC that stated in the end:
“Hillary and I welcome you as a new citizen and extend our best wishes for much happiness in the future.”
The letter was signed Bill Clinton.
I voted five times in the U.S. Presidential elections and five times in the Governors elections in Massachusetts. I am proud to make a difference. I am proud to be an American.
Happy 20th Anniversary, Mr. Chidlovski!