I was feeling it was happening right at the background. It was a process. And yeap, it was there. I ignored it. Just two years before I became German, I had landed from the USA to Tegel Airport, when I saw the sign: Bundesrepublik Deutschland – European Union.
I had taken a deep breath, relief. I was home! Sweet home – I thought. I had come here very young. In the end I learned living here in this country. I was feeling that the feeling that I had was just more than a simple “relief”. In my trainings, I observed Germans not being proud of anything that they accomplished.
It was per se forbidden. They were proud to be European, but not the accomplishment they reached throughout the years after the total destruction. It was not easy to understand for me. Everyone is a bit proud of their own country. – I always thought.- Felt sorry for them, at times.
Too much is too much: this is clear. Too much sugar is too much, too much salt is too much. Too much nationalism is too much. Anything that is too much is too much. However it was sad that this nation felt uncomfy to hang a flag when their team played. Then…. The 2006 world football championship came. The universe made a “hocus pocus” and six weeks long, blue sky, great weather here. The new generation, did not give a damn to what education or upbringing their parents received. They were authentic, and happy to be from here.
Everyone, every single one was happy. Germany was the host to many countries. No madness took place. One could smell the peace in the air. That year was the breakthrough for many.
It was great. In the last match where German team played, I found myself praying to God to win.
-Wearing my German national team t-shirt. And cried when we shot a goal and I cried when we lost in the end. However being so proud that we were an excellent host for so many nations, that everything went well.
After at least 150 landings to Tegel Airport and observing the freedom and the regulated life-style that we have here in Germany, I had a simple act to do: To become German. In 2009 December I became German with a real ceremony and received my certificate. It was great. I don’t know how many feel when living and working here, but I feel totally home in Germany.
Text: Eveline Goodman.
„Eveline Goodman ist Geschäftsführerin von EforP – English for Professionals, einem Sprachinstitut, das sich auf maßgeschneiderte Trainings – auf „Integrated Trainings“ sowie auf Sprachtrainings – für Unternehmer und deren Mitarbeiter spezialisiert hat.