Madonnnna. I am so disappointed, things did not go the way I hoped they would, but I will make the best of it. There is more than one way to skin a cat, not that I’ve ever attempted to skin a cat, maybe I should say more than one way to de-feather a chicken? More likely to do that then skin a cat. Anyways….
I found out that after my Great Grandfather got left by his shipmates in NY and fell in love with my Nanny-Anna, since they wanted to get married and didn’t have enough moolah to get back to Palermo, he had to talk to the consulate to be able to stay in America and not be deported. At this stage of time, they required you to renounce your citizenship in one country to attain it in another. Unfortunately, they had not had my Grandmother BEFORE getting married and becoming a US citizen, otherwise it would have been a piece of cake (ok a pile of research and paperwork and applications) for me to attain dual citizenship too. Bummer for chastity.
Looked into other ways to getting DC, and of course there is marriage…but I’m already married to a Heinz 57 American so that’s out. My other option (one I can really work towards) is to purchase a home/condo in Sicily one day and then apply for a permesso di soggiorno or a stay permit which would allow me to stay a little longer than 3 months at a time. Foreign owners are sometimes issued these easier. If the business I am currently working ever expands to the EU…this would definitely be my #1 option as I would LOVE to stay there many months out of the year.
Other than that, my only recourse will be once independently wealthy, to plan a 30 day vacanza annually in Sicily. I am of course fine with this option because I can pick a different town every year and explore it in depth for a month. I don’t really enjoy flying but I don’t mind sitting still for that long if I can at least stay put for awhile once I get there!
In the meantime, I will be sipping Aranciata by the pool, getting my Nonno stirred up, or nostalgic enough to start spouting off in Sicilian (gotta freshen up on the language somehow! wink wink!) and working on building myself up enough to have the time freedom and financial freedom to enjoy annual month long Sicilian vacations by the time I turn 40! The five year countdown begins…NOW.