April 29th, 2005



I have the papers in my hands! (Well, okay, I put them down to type this.) Finally, I can kick this thing into gear. I will call the Italian consulate and schedule an appointment to start the citizenship process. The process is supposed to take four to six months. Hopefully they will offer some way of expediting it.

My aunt included a touching letter, wishing me the best and expressing her support. I was going to attempt to paraphrase the letter, but I find that doesn't do it justice. Rather, I'm going to copy the core paragraph and then translate it for you non-Spanish speakers:Collapse )
My aunt would have made a great parent. Instead, she's given her life to realizing her career, supporting her mother and aunt, and spoiling her nephews and nieces. She's also my Godmother, one of the truly inspired choices my parents made, as she has been everything one could want as a surrogate, pouring out her love, support, and experience for me to feed off of.

Okay, enough sentimentalism. Time to get to work and, ultimately, Europe.