I realized earlier this week that today marks my one year anniversary of becoming a French citizen.
Last year, I celebrated the news with C. We'd only been dating for a month or two at the time, and I remember thinking "Is it weird to be celebrating such a monumental event with someone I've just met?" And then my next thought was "Well at least if we stay together, it will become a good story/memory". What I do know is that my no-longer-having-to-worry-about-paperwork has made for a lot less stress, both for our relationship and for myself. I've been watching a few friends go through this issue lately, and I feel for them. As a foreigner, what do you do when the relationship goes sour and your carte de séjour is tied to your partner? It's something I definitely struggled with, and it certainly is liberating to be here now of my own accord. (Btw, if anyone has any advice on switching from a vie privée cds to a salarié one, please post it here so I can pass the info on!)
So I have to say that getting that letter kicked off the start of a really good thing. After a few rough years, things have now been on a general upswing and I feel happy. Things are going wonderfully with C, I absolutely love our new apartment and all is well on the work front. And if that's not a reason for some Friday-night bubbly, I don't know what is.
Labels: Becoming a Frenchie