It’s been 4 weeks since I made my way to the Italian Consulate here in Toronto to submit my application for recognition of my Italian citizenship. It feels like it was forever ago!!

I haven’t heard anything from them as of yet so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s a good sign. I can feel myself getting anxious with each passing day. I feel like a kid at Christmas time counting down the hours until it’s time to open presents. It’s so close, I can almost touch it. It’s an incredible feeling and I know that it will open up new paths for me to potentially explore. My mind wanders with what I could accomplish once I get that piece of identification. Maybe it will finally bring me to the place in the world that I need to be, should be, and want to be more than anything else. It’s been really difficult being away from Italy. I know that I’m not the first person to feel this way about Italy and most definitely won’t be the last.

I find so much courage, hope, and drive from many fellow bloggers who have answered Italy’s call and found their place there. It gives me the confidence I need to know that this is possible, it can be done and it isn’t some crazy harebrained idea.

Thank You for allowing me a sneak peak into your lives, stories, and experiences. You may not be aware of it, but you have all inspired me and taught me in your own unique ways. I am grateful!

  1. farfalle1

    November 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    But there are so many ways to live in Italy without being a citizen, the best being to get a job and then a permesso di sogiorno for reason of work – but I bet you know all about that already.

    We submitted our applications for citizenship at the Prefettura two weeks ago; everything was correctly done, we were told. Now we have only to wait for three or four years. Really! That’s what they told us. On the other hand, it seems we don’t have to memorize the Italian Constitution and learn all 2,000 + years of history, so it’s easier than for people trying to get U.S. citizenship.

    I fear you may have a wait ahead of you – hope I’m wrong, but Italy being Italy, I wouldn’t be checking the mailbox every day. Maybe your application will be on a fast-track as you are seeking recognition of something that already exists (if I read your account correctly) – I do hope so for you.

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