Today was a big big day for the Kay family.
All three of us got up at 5:30 a.m.
We got dressed up in our finest. Gabi in a red, white and blue dress with lacy socks and her white patent leather shoes. Gilberto in his best suit and tie (oh, man, does he look handsome in a suit).
We drove downtown to the courthouse, paid $24 for parking and walked a mile to take our place in line.
After two hours, we made it to the front doors and separated. Gilberto stayed downstairs to fill out some paperwork and then go alone into a large auditorium, and Gabi and I went up into the guest balcony to watch from above.
A banjo duo strummed out a few songs to start the ceremony, including This Land Is Your Land (LOVE that song, and yes, I sang along), and the men of the Elks Musical Society finished up the opening act with a few a Capella numbers.
And then my husband was sworn in as a Citizen of the United States of America.
I have never been more proud to say the Pledge of Allegiance than I was today. Me in a balcony, Gilberto down below, our hands on our hearts, both of us so thankful to live in a country that believes in freedom.
But I'm not one to get sappy, so that's enough of that.