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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Lately I've been watching reruns of WHO'S THE BOSS. I always thought it was a good fun show. I used to watch it often when it was originally on.

Tonight's show was one of the few I've missed. In it, Tony reminisces about his grandfather and the grandfather's dream to become an American citizen. Even though he had passed the written test, his swearing in had to be postponed because Tony had gotten into a little trouble. To make the story more interesting, the writers had the grandfather die before he could reschedule another time for swearing in. Of course, it all worked out in the end, Tony and Angela begged a judge to grant citizenship posthumously, which he did.

I started thinking about this. If this show were written today, would the grandfather have had such a dream to become an American, or would he have kept his native language and not encouraged his grandson to work hard and follow his dream and become somebody. It's so sad that so many immigrants want all that this country offers, but they don't want to become a part of it by learning our language, celebrating our holidays, and becoming citizens. I can't wait for the pendulum to swing back.

1 comment:

ms/sss said...

I don't think the pendulum will swing back more than it has right now. We have many great new American citzens who are so proud and grateful to be in America. They prove it by learning English, celebrating holidays, displaying the American flag, working very hard, and valuing education. These parents teach their children to love and respect our great USA. The rest, you'll always have with you. Hopefully, our light will shine brighter than theirs.