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New Citizens at the International Festival

Dev and I made our annual trip to the International Festival today.  It’s the first year we’ve been able to attend on Friday, and I’m so glad we did because we had the privilege of seeing scores of people participate in the Naturalization Ceremony to become citizens.

When we current US citizens spend so much time fighting amongst ourselves, it’s easy to forget the citizenship is the desirable goal of so many.  It’s easy, also, to make jokes or snide remarks about it.  What I watched today was filled with joy and pride, expressed with firm handshakes, wide smiles, long embraces, and more than a few tears.  The first thing most of those new citizens did after receiving their paperwork was register to vote.

Pretty damn awesome.

Then we went on a culinary tour, which has become far more fun as Dev has decided to be more adventurous.  We had food from Taiwan, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India and Turkey.  Please don’t ask me what, exactly, we ate.  I know something involved lamb, something else radishes and rice flour, something else rice and pork baked inside green leaves, and something else a pastry in sauce.  But I clearly remember the boba!  Yum.

A couple of our favorite vendors were absent this year, alas.  But we did get another pair of origami flowers to add to my bouquet.

In other news... I'm kinda sorta totally jazzed about Sword and Chant. :-)

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