Becoming Italian Part 4 (or How to Get Legit in Italy – Marriage Certificate Continued)

Remember the signora with the URGENTISSIMO sarcasm stamp? I was completely wrong about her.

A few hours after my unsuccessful marriage certificate meeting, Alberto texts me: “Comune just called. They fixed it!”

Are you serious?

“I know. I spoke with Signora Palma,” he explains. “They rushed it after you seemed worried. They found their colleague and asked to speed it up! And she did it right away!”

“Aww, I did give her a mournful look,” I tell Alberto.

“It worked,” he confirms. “Brava.”

She must have taken pity on me regardless of how she felt about my impatient father-in-law. Like the old saying goes, you can catch more flies with honey and desperate-white-girl-alone-in-the-big-city eyes than with vinegar.

Zooey Deschanel Jessica Day on New Girl:

Or, maybe I’m wrong yet again. When Renzo demanded urgentissimo action, maybe she mentally saluted the Italian flag, recalled her vow to protect and serve the city (she’s also a police officer?), and leapt into civic action. But in this non-service-oriented culture, that doesn’t seem likely to me — it’s hard enough to get a waiter to bring you your cocktails.

Or, and this explanation I like best, some people are just very kind.

I salute you, Signora Palma.

Ilana Wexler gives salute on Broad City

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