The hair is still red, the complexion still too white for my own liking, but now I'm beginning to feel very blue
July 4th, 2005
Dear United States of America,
Hello again. It's me, Red. The last time I wrote to you was exactly one year ago, when I wished you a Happy Independence Day and asked you very nicely for a Green Card (which is actually pink).
Well, now another year has gone by (so again, I wish you a Happy Independence Day) and I still haven't received the Green Card, which brings the total amount of time I've been waiting to four years now.
That translates into 28 dog years.
That's from one leap year to the next.
That's one presidential term.
That's longer than some people stay married.
That's enough time for newborns to grow into toddlers with motor skills and language skills and in some cases, even enough attitude to drive their parents crazy.
Enough time for young adults to go from high school grads to college grads.
In the four years I've been waiting, skyscrapers have been built, wars have been fought, governments have been overthrown.
Now I'm finally starting to believe that maybe you don't want me here.
But before I give up, I've decided to take a poll amongst your people (but since I need all the encouragement I can get, from non-American people as well. Since yours is a nation of immigrants, that'll be okay with you, won't it?).
I want them to decide whether they think I'm ready to receive a Green Card.
If they think I am, I'm asking them to please just say yes in the comments. You know, like a real petition. They're welcome to add any additional thoughts they might have, but a plain and simple and yet very profound 'yes' will do.
I shall leave this petition up in a "sticky entry" on my blog until the end of this month, and then I'll send it to your government.
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