It is a hard word, this "assimilation."
It is a task somehow never completed.
You will have children who will never
know what you struggle with daily.
Sometimes you may even forget your own struggle,
until some stranger reminds you,
"Oh what a cute accent! Where are you from?"
Oh they may mean well (or they may not),
both either way, it is the same thing:
a reminder that you are never fully "assimilated."
Assimilation is a continuing action, a marathon
with the finish line always stretching further
beyond the horizon.