A Guide to Staying Up All Night.

Step 1: Wait until midnight your time when you know the embassy is opening in DRC.

Step 2: Try dialing internationally on your land line only to discover your phone doesn’t have those capabilities.

Step 3: Try dialing internationally on your cell phone only to discover your phone doesn’t have those capabilities.

Step 4: Try adding an international plan to your land line to no avail because the website you need is down.

Step 5: Try adding an international plan to your cell phone to no avail because you are calling after hours.

Step 6: Remember you have Skype, and call the embassy on your Skype.

Step 7: Call the adoption office at the embassy only to be sent directly to voice mail. Try again five minutes later.

Step 8: Give up reaching the adoption office and call the visa department directly.

Step 9: Spend ten minutes trying to spell your son’s African/Frenchish birth name to a very patient and gracious employee whose first language is not English.

Step 10: Feel your heart sink when she tells you they have not yet begun his investigation, but hopeful when she asks you to call back in ten minutes so she can go speak to the vice-consulate directly and ask about your case.

Step 11: Wait ten minutes and call back.

Step12: Quietly sob when she tells you that your investigation MAY be completed by Friday and asks you to call back then, but emphasizes that this is a very big MAY as two regular employees are on leave so they are not processing as many cases as usual.

Step 13: Rejoice happily and cautiously with your husband, and then text your mom, thinking she is sound asleep.

Step 14: Talk on the phone excitedly to your mom, who was not actually sound asleep because she was up wondering and worrying, too.

Step 15: Try to go to sleep, only to find yourself uttering deliriously tired prayers to the heavens for the next few hours, asking God to see fit to allow Friday to be the day.

Step 16: Hear your daughter shout, “Mom!” from the next room, and ask to paint a picture….because it’s now 7 am.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: