It’s funny (funny peculiar, not funny “haha”) how my days spent languishing in a perpetual pause this summer now feel so far away with the autumn leaves crunching below my feet. “How literary,” I thought yesterday as I hiked on a dirt trail through my favorite local park.
This past Tuesday A. flew to Shanghai. Boy, was it tough to watch him go. I worried for him even though we prepared together the best we could. I suppose that’s what happens when you love someone. I was up half the night checking his flight status, even though I know a 14 hour flight… Continue reading Halfway gone
The emotional currency of “see you later” is a little less than “goodbye,” though, so it’s less pain now for potential that might not be realized. I know that each time I say it. The reality is that sometimes when I say “see you later” it might actually be “goodbye.”
It’s here! It’s here! My long-awaited paperwork is FINALLY here. Now I apply for my work visa, buy plane tickets, and head overseas for what will surely prove to be an exciting and life-changing experience. There’s lots to do now, so I don’t know how often I can update until I’m getting settled in China.… Continue reading It’s go time.
Waiting for papers and mail and email has made for a harrowing summer. Disappointment, fear, and sadness have all weighed down the excitement and joy.
But it’s not often we get to say we’re proud of how we’re managing stress. Usually amid said stress we’re not focused on how to manage the stress, but rather how to get rid of the stress. I think that’s the point of failure, really, and I can say this with more certainty now. I’m a living example. My current stress is when I will be moving to China.
Yes, I’m writing from the United States. Yep. Still here. Sigh. The paperwork problems have not abated. I’m now waiting for another mailing from China, at which point I’ll actually be able to get my visa processed and buy airline tickets. My husband A and I keep wondering why we’re still here, why we haven’t been… Continue reading I am still here.