missing vera

February 1, 2015

 

To become a US citizen, you are required to renounce your citizenship of birth.

To say, “I no longer love my country of birth or have any allegiance to that country at all.”

I think that’s kind of fucked up.

So did my mother-in-law.

 


 

[I was married to Swedes for a time.]

 


 

Vera lived in the United States for fifty years. From the time she was hauled over here as a young mother and bride — to the day she died.

 


 

Vera is the smartest woman I ever met.

Vera did the New York Times crossword puzzle every Sunday morning.

For fun and relaxation.

In her third language.

[She spoke seven.]

In under an hour.

 


 

[Okay actually a half hour but that just pisses me off so I’m trying to downplay that.]

 


 

[Okay actually Vera spoke nine languages, but Vera didn’t count languages Vera couldn’t rap in as “fluent.”]

 


 

[I can’t do that fucking New York Times crossword puzzle in a week.]

 


 

Vera could not vote in a US election because she would not renounce Sweden.

 


 

I lost Vera when I divorced her son.

She never forgave me for that.

 


 

I get that.

Vera never renounced Sweden.

How could she forgive me for renouncing her son?

 

 

One Response to “missing vera”

  1. pooks said

    This is awesome and sad on too many levels.

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