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Doesn’t he just look so darn handsome?
I love it when the men in my life allow me to take their pictures (without scowls or annoyed faces, of course). We had a great time, had some great food and then I headed onto Montpelier alone to take a multi-day training seminar on collaborative law which was very interesting. The men hung around Burlington longer and then headed back.
Sadly though, going on alone also meant dining alone…. with a good book. It occurred to me as I spread myself out in my hotel room that I believe it is the first time that I ever stayed in a hotel alone…..weird isn’t it to think that I have walked upon this earth 48 years and never stayed alone in a hotel room — or lucky. I prefer to think of it as lucky. I have always been fortunate to have someone along for the ride.
If you live in New England and particularly in Vermont, you kind of expect a white Christmas. One of those Norman Rockwell type New England Christmases– and with good reason. According to information gathered from weather records from the period from 1961-1990 there was a very high probability that Vermont would have a white Christmas. The probability for at least 1 inch of snow on the ground for Christmas in Montpelier is 93% — 5 inches is 72% and 10 inches is 41%.
Unfortunately, warm weather last week killed the last of the snow on the ground and weather forecasts are not predicting any significant possibility for snow before Christmas Day.
Christmas magic, perhaps might be the only way to help things out a little.
On September 11, 2002 the US Citizenship and Immigration Service in Vermont decided that it was fitting to set aside this date every year to swear in new citizens to this country. On September 11, 2001 the country fused together as it had not in a good long time. People came from around the country (and also the world) to help those in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania that needed assistance. We citizens did what any family would do in a crisis, swarm in and take over – help where help was needed, do what needed to be done, even if it meant only to share the tears and offer shoulders to cry upon. There was a strong sense of pride in being American, a regeneration of the spirit that formed our country many, many years ago. So fitting then, that each day on the anniversary of one of this country’s greatest tragedies as a nation, we should welcome with open arms those that share our spirit and long to stand as one with us.
We have a dear friend, who a few years ago, studied hard and completed all of the paperwork necessary to become a citizen. It was a great celebration in our family and with our friends, for he is a great guy and a wonderful addition to our country. I know how difficult it is to take the time to make that commitment and how much it means to those that do it.
Today, in Montpelier, United States Circuit Court Judge Hall presided over the 8th such commemorative 9/11 ceremony, swearing in 91 immigrants from 37 countries. As of this afternoon each of these 91 can proudly call themselves “Americans”.
Congratulations to each and every one of you.