So, have you seen the Discover card commercial where there is this customer service phone operator that doesn’t speak English very well? And he answers the phone “Hello, this is Peggy. How may I help you?”? And the conversation continues on with him being completely unhelpful and finally hanging up the phone? Or at least that’s how I remember it.
Anyway, that sort of progression of conversation is exactly how every conversation about anything important has felt in the past few months in preparation for our time abroad. It doesn’t really matter if we are talking to a governmental agency or a heath insurance representative or making an appointment or…whatever. If something needs to get done in a timely manner it seems as though the person on the other end of the phone line is completely oblivious to what our needs are or how to speak our language. In some ways it feels like there is a conspiracy against our going to Africa or leaving the country at all. I have even wondered if God is trying to tell us something and we are just not listening. But, whether it is my own stubbornness at wanting to make things happen at any const of time and energy or my laziness at not wanting to back out of so many things that we have invested ourselves in (and given up to do this), I’m not sure.
What I do know is that Will and I leave our cozy apartment on Selby and Snelling at 5am tomorrow not to return for a year. We’re not really sure of the specifics of how it will all come together-as of now, if our visas are mailed today, we will probably get them in Washington on Thursday morning, the day we fly to Dubai. But, so far, we are assuming all is going to go according to plan until it doesn’t. And we’ll cross that bridge (or burn it) when we come to it. So far we are leaving Minnesota in 15 hours. So far, we are leaving the country on Thursday evening. So far, we are still holding on to our sanity with our fingertips. So far, we are arriving in South Africa on Saturday. If any of this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Stay tuned for the next episode of “As the World Turns Upside-Down”