Seriously – we don’t know!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve very much appreciated our friends’ and family’s support for our dramatic (as one of my colleagues called it) and life-changing decision to join the foreign service. After getting to know the bureucractic process this new life entails (wait for form A to arrive in the mail, complete it and fax it back, then wait for Form B to arrive before you can do X,Y, and Z), I have come to accept that our new life is simply beyond our control. And since we have given up control, we simply cannot answer questions such as “when are you moving?”, “will pack-out be a 1 or 2-day event?”, “how long will you stay in DC?”,and “where will you spend Thanksgiving and Christmas this year?” We just don’t know the answers to these questions…. all we know is that we’re moving to DC in July and will live there anywhere between 2 and 12 months – everything else is pure speculation.

So, you might wonder: how does one cope with such lack of control? John (as you might know) has always been very relaxed about everything so “not knowing” does not bother him very much. I’ve become quite good at making, checking, and re-organizing lists of what to pack (ok, I may have developed this special skill set before) perhaps in an effort to find control somewhere, and Luca, well, he’s been dealing with this situation by smiling a lot, cooing, and just being cute. At least we have some sort of control of how we’re handling this lack of knowing…

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