A dinkum Aussie by tomorrow arvo

Morning in the mangroves

It’s finally here! The day I’ve been hanging around for, for the past 8 months or so, and the penultimate ‘loose end’ that stands between me and my man: my Australian Citizenship ceremony is tomorrow!

I thought it would be a perfunctory thing to go through and get over with—I’ve lived here 10 years—but, now that it’s about to happen, I have butterflies in my stomach. It’s one thing to be born a particular nationality, take that for granted and live with an unclouded sense of entitlement in that country, and quite another thing to move, as an adult, to another country, and ask them to accept you. Vulnerability. I’m an outsider, asking to be let in. Also, it’s like burning a bridge and building a road to the interior.
birdbathLuckily, a friend has asked to take me to the event, as well as attend the ceremony as my “one permitted guest”. It’s too big and momentous a thing to have to go through alone, like an orphan washed up on the shores! This country has been very good to me, and I have carved a little niche of my own since I first arrived as “Mrs. Kris” (which some waterfront old timers still call me!) I have my own set of friends, my own tribe, my own pursuits and interests. There’s nowhere that I feel is more Home to me, now, than Darwin.
A little sorry that Kris isn’t here to attend it with me…after all, he’s the Aussie for whom I have gone to all this trouble! LOL But we’ll celebrate my belated Aussie-ness together, soon. Real soon.

I’m really excited, now. Things are happening.
Darwin CBD


20 thoughts on “A dinkum Aussie by tomorrow arvo

    1. 🙂 from the first year we were n Darwin, finches in my neighbor’s bird bath (we lived in a Winnellie shed for 2 years) Thanks, I’d forgotten all about them…went through my Australia set in Flickr to look at photographs through the years, and found them again.


    1. Aww, Hanna, you’re such a sweet soul, I’m sorry I made you cry, hearing that made me cry (a little bit) to reflect that I have made some wonderful friends online, it’s really something special to care so much for someone you’ve never actually met! 🙂


  1. Congrats! Enjoy the ritual, and then you can enjoy reliving it when you see your Kris again… it has been fun reading of your adventures. Cheering you on from the other side of the world…


  2. Congratulations, it sounds like a big step, but a confident and timely one!
    I’m with you when you mention “burning a bridge”. Funny how a citizenship can be so emotional. I am now rooting in a “foreign” country. For me, my “nationality” is a lot about my language. I don’t think I will ever change my nationality, becasue I am truly “me” only in my native language. Wish you all the best for the future, again, congrats!


  3. I wish there were a ceremony to make me feel more Hawaiian. It feels as though it is a different country to which I’ve pledged my loyalty. Congrats on your passage!


    1. 🙂 Your friends should hold a ceremony for you…print a certificate, host a luau…
      They say these big ‘magnet’ countries are “melting pots”, but I’m inwardly glad that it isn’t actually true. I’m glad separate cultures have managed to survive, that a mix of languages can still be heard on the streets, that people don’t all have a kind of homogenous physical appearance yet. That some parts of the US can still feel slightly foreign to some, and more like “the old country” for others.


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