"I hereby declare, on oath,
I want to tell you a story. It is an entirely true story.
that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince,
Once, many years ago, I awoke from a very vivid dream of a little girl with curly hair. Somehow, I knew that she was my little girl.
potentate, state, or sovereignty,
I already had a lovely little girl, but I knew that there was another one out there. So I started looking for her.
of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;
I looked in India. She wasn't there.
that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America
I looked here at home. She wasn't here.
against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
I looked for a LONG time.
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;
An adoption agency sent me a picture of a little Colombian girl with a lollipop, and a long, sad medical history. If the story was true, she was going to die whether she came home to me or not. So, heavy hearted, I said, "No."
that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law;
But that little girl DID have a curl on top her head...and she didn't look like she matched the long, sad history. So I suggested some extra medical tests. And I went back to looking.
that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law;
And a few months later, the agency called me back. Those tests are all negative....so....what do you think?
that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law;
I think she needs to come home.
and that I take this obligation freely,
And yesterday, with her little boy on my lap, I watched her take her Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America and prove she is a US Citizen.
without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;
And all the way home my heart was squeezed tight full of gratitude to God for the gift of my beloved Curlygirl.
so help me God."