Earlier this afternoon, I received the following email:
My Italian citizenship is officially recognized! I am now entitled to all the rights and privileges of an Italian citizen.
Frankly, I am quite amazed that this has gone through so quickly. I only first discovered that I was even eligible for citizenship last November 30th. Now, less than 10 months later -- and only two weeks after my appointment! -- it is official. People in other jurisdictions often require years to go through this process. I am thankful to the Consulate employees in Houston for being so businesslike and efficient.
I am thankful to a lot of people, actually, and to the Universe itself. Although this is technically my birthright, it is also a great privilege that is not bestowed on everyone. I am a very fortunate guy, the gods have smiled upon me. I may or may not take advantage of all the opportunities this citizenship affords me, but I am grateful to have them.
I am a big believer in fate and destiny. Some things are simply "meant to be" (and some are not). The fact that my path toward citizenship went so quickly and so smoothly -- even around obstacles that could have halted it in its tracks -- tells me that it is "meant to be." I don't know why (yet!). But when you see a door in front of you and you give that door the tiniest of pushes, and then the door simply flings wide open and essentially sucks you right through it -- then, yes, I think you were meant to go through that door.
What's on the other side? Chi sa? (Who knows?)
Finding out will be a new adventure.