“Welcome home”, said the Immigration Officer

I have lived in the US for many years but it never felt like home until September 10 this year when I returned from visiting family in Zambia.  The Immigration Officer at Dulles Airport asked if I had “XYZ” visa (which he could see in my passport) and whether I resided in the US.  I responded in the affirmative for both and then the Officer said:

“Welcome back home”.

For the first time, I felt that the US was home and not just my duty station. These few words made me feel very welcome.  I am Zambian, yes, but my life is in the US and this is where I spend most of my time and the US has shaped my adult life a whole lot.

I am grateful for the opportunities the US has given me and the positive differences those opportunities have made to my loved ones back home.

Thank you, USA, and it is indeed good to be back home.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. masgautsen
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 10:02:38

    That is a lovely welcome home!

    Reply

  2. cindy knoke
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 23:30:02

    Glad you are home safe!

    Reply

  3. Jill Weatherholt
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 15:12:55

    What a great post! Welcome home, indeed!

    Reply

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