Today I left Nuova Lazio High School BEFORE the witching hour of 3:00pm.
But I didn't have an excuse, I had a REASON.
My Beloved, M'son and I were invited to attend a "Granting of Citizenship" ceremony in the Upper Hutt.
I say invited, but if we didn't attend, we couldn't get the citizenship we wanted, so it was really mandatory.
It was quite exciting.
We had to attend in "clothing suitable for a formal occasion"
|Kiwi National Dress|
This meant that most Kiwis who turned up wore their basic costume. Jandals (or Gumboots), Black singlet and stubbies for the blokes, and just about anything for the gals, as long as it had a lot of cleavage exposed.
We had to either swear on a Bible or attest that QEII was our Feudal superior, and then we got the actual Certificate, an Orchid (for the ladies) or an enamelled badge (for the blokes) and a Kowhai seedling for each family.
Then down for a quick cup of tea and some snacks. Good basic Kiwi finger food.
Savouries, potato tops, Asparagus rolls, mini-flans and quiches.
Thank goodness, no Cheerios or Lammingtons.
So now we're all official Kiwis.
I'm really looking forward to tomorrow , when I can tell Ringo to "Bugger Off" with a true Kiwi vitriol.
Now I can go to Aussie without applying for a visa.
Now I can actually work in Aussie for twice as much as I get now.
As long as I don't get too afraid of the spiders and snakes and Aussie accents.
Just listened to an Aussie advert on Sky.
The accent is just too frightening.
I'm staying Kiwi.