Welcome back MWW, sorry you'venot been well, but well done on your HM. My OH is busy training for the Great North Run so tonight ran the 12km to the pool and then did a recovery swim. I swam 1600m.
I understand why you feel sad, I do too but dual citizenship is the way we have to go in order to be sure of staying in our adopted land. A very good friend of mine (we shared a flat in London in the 70s) is applying for Dutch citizenship, she is married to a Dutch man and their two children are dual British and Dutch citizens but she has been told that because the family lived in Belgium for 25 years due to her husband's job, the 5 years she lived in Holland prior to the move to Belgium don't count. She may have to attend a course and then sit an exam.Hey ho, we do what we have to.
We have begun the process of applying for dual English-German citizenship as who knows what will happen when the U.K. is finally out of the EU. The lady in the office was very helpful, said it will only be a formality for us as we are both over 60, have lived in Germany more than 8 years (actually it's 40) and have no police record. She said she had two British applications in 3 years, in this month over 20! Have a bunch of forms to fill out, now need to make photocopies of our birth/marriage certificates and get them officially translated into German - I could do it myself but I'm not an officially registered translater. Got passport photos this morning, now it's back to the tedium of filling in the forms and trying to remember the addresses of all the places we have lived. One thing I am lacking is my parents' place and date of marriage - only thing I have to go on is my mother told me they were married for 7 years before I came along, so that would make it 1942.