Why Italy?


June 4, 2012 by JL Walker

Pitcher, glasses and platesWhen I was growing up in upstate New York and southern Ohio, I had two close friends who happened to be Italian-Americans. They welcomed me into their families, their homes and their dinner tables.

Then came the moment which would turn out to be a life-changing decision: I had to choose a foreign language. It was originally French and I studied that Romance language for a year as a freshman in high school with a wonderful teacher, Mr. Mortine. Sophomore year was the real turning point, however, my French class conflicted with jazz band and american studies and I had to choose another language. Of all the languages available at the high school and through the local university, Italian was the most appealing.

A few years later I went off to a liberal arts college and spent a year abroad in – of course – Italy. After a few months in Milan I met a very important person who would become the real reason I ended up living permanently in Italy. The whole list of sub-reasons that led to my final decision is a whole nother story.

If only I had met and befriended classmates with different ancestry and if only my high school French class hadn’t conflicted with other courses I probably wouldn’t be living here and about to start my application to request Italian citizenship.

But here I am.

And here I go.


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Date to submit applicationSeptember 10th, 2015
Time to submit my application for dual citizenship!
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