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All I want right now is to curl up with a good novel, fall asleep, and wake up in sunny spring. That’s probably what getting older and a sore throat do for me (or maybe the other way around?). But I have something to do every day. Duty keeps calling.
Today is no exception. Today, I have just passed my “Life in the UK” test. This is yet another milestone on the road to becoming British. And I am pleased to announce that I passed! The difficulty, for me, wasn’t the test itself (24 questions to answer in 45 mins, if you must know), but the long wait outside, the rain and above all having to pass yet another exam (I have had my fair share of exams already, I keep thinking that I am done with them, but I keep having to sit additional tests for some reason). All I need to do now is prepare and send my citizenship application form. I will probably have to pay a fee as well. And then, I will be invited to a Citizenship ceremony. With some luck, I will be able to vote for the next General Election.
Don’t get me wrong. I know that I will never truly be British. –I often get stark reminders of this like, “Oh, it is different over here, Dear”,  or “What do you mean, Darling?” –I usually mean what I say, actually . The reason why I want a British passport is because my daughters are more British than French. In my opinion, they need to become British. Badly. According to my experience, nationality isn’t in your genes. This came to a surprise to me, as I come from a very, very French background. But I knew that my daughters British when:
1.     They started to correct my bad accent (Gloaoves, mum, please…)
2.     They started eating parsnip (did you know that parsnip existed? I didn’t)
3.     They love Yorkshire pudding
4.     They don’t know what a béchamel is and ask for gravy at every possible opportunity
5.     They use the informal form of you (“tu”) with everybody, which doesn’t always make the cut in France.
So here we are, one step closer to becoming a British family… Who would have thought?
Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • The fact that they say “mum” is the sure sign. Good luck with the tests. What is the final step: High Tea with the Queen? 😉

  • … a date with Wayne Rooney? Manchester United played last night in Basel and I am very proud to let everybody know that FCB (Football Club Basel) won! Sorry for disgressing!
    But you get to keep your French citizenship, do you not? You would not be able to make an English brioche! Amazing how we define ourselves by the food we love!
    Great what you are doing for your daughters, three cheers for Yummy Mummy!

  • You have done extremely well in making the adjustment Muriel, it is HUGE to say the least. When we grow up and are socialised in one place and later live in another country, a great deal of resilience, flexibility and sheer stick-um is brought to the fore! I am very proud of you girlfriend.

  • How strange wanting to be a Brit! I suppose I’m complacent as I’m both British & Irish since birth so I have never had to answer a question about the Magna Carta or the Queen which is just as well! My father was born here but had to leave when A. Hitler redeveloped Coventry in 1940. Say what you like about Hitler but only for him I wouldn’t have an Irish passport!

  • A lot of why I love you and your blog is that I know I understand that feeling… no one here will ever let me forget that I am not truly Texan…. but I still love my life! 🙂
    Happy weekend, Muriel! 🙂
    xxxxxx

  • Yorkshire pudding! You’re kidding right? ICK.

  • Maybe one part of the test will include a tea-tasting, in the finest ‘swirl-smell-taste-gargle-eyeballs to the firmament-spit’ tradition of the vineyards! Would you be a dual (or is that duel) citizen?

  • Muriel,

    I am a true fan of yours. I think you’re the first French woman I know who truly wants to become something other than French. I love it. You have the international, open-minded gene. Congratulations. I could see you becoming a U.S citizen next. Felicitations!

  • Hi French Mummy!

    So you are on the way to becoming Brit… nice!

    And your blog is now self hosted! 🙂 Yay!!

    Changing citizenship can be a daunting experience but then we are what we truly feel at heart… and I can sweetie… you are truly French! 😉

  • Who would have thought that by now, you are probably more British than I am? I can see why you should do it and at least nowadays, you can keep your French nationality. So now you’re going to have to poke fun at yourself along with your fellow Brits. But I can tell you from experience that you will never feel fully British nor will you ever be accepted as one. Maybe being an island nation makes them that way.

  • I hear you, Muriel. In 2008, I became a US citizen but know deep down that I’ll always be FILIPINO through and through. I did it because, well, I had to. It will be less complicated esp. in terms of travel. That way I can fall in line with my husband and son instead of go to the ‘Non-US citizen’ line for immigration at every port of entry *sigh* It’s true, citizenship is not up to one’s genes. This is why I’m doing my best to start teaching Noah some Filipino words and really want him to learn the language. It’s one step among many…..*another deep sigh*

  • Congratulations Muriel. And that is so incredibly cute/funny about your children…I especially love that they love ‘yorkies’ hehehe.