Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Citizenship Quandries, More Saga

Sam and Galen, all about love ...
So I can't be out of the UK for more than 450 days in the three years prior to the application being received and I must not be out of the country for more than 90 days in the year preceding application. The difficulty is that from 2002 until 2004 I spent most of my time in the USA looking after my elderly parents while they sorted out selling their house and finding a suitable retirement home. upon my return to the UK I failed to concentrate on sorting out the citizeship 'thing'. And then we decided to spend a year in 2008 helping out my son and his family in Olympia, Washington.

So now the earliest I can apply for UK citizenship is 15 December 2011. So I have to plan my 90 days carefully this year. I thought I had figured it out -- two weeks with my mother and 60 days in France instead of the usual 90 and that would still leave a some time left over in case of an emergency -- it's always in the back of my mind that I with my mother in Connecticut, my eldest son and his family in South Korea and another son in Italy. But you know sometimes, plans have to change, be put on hold. Love gets in the way...

His name is Sam and he is 10 years old. Sam is my oldest grandchild and for the past 18 months or so he and his two brothers have lived in Korea. Of the three boys, Sam has had the most difficult time adjusting to his new life and earlier this week we were asked if it would be possible to have him with us over the summer ... And we would be absolutely delighted! In fact there are many times over the past few years when we have wished for just that ... and maybe just maybe Galen, the middle boy, will come too. Sam is the serious one and his brother is full of the devil! I don't know -- maybe just the one this time ... but then again ...

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