Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Funk

Yesterday was one of the first sunny, not-cold days we've had this year. When I sit in my house in late June shivering, I get grouchy. Having grown up in Mississippi, I've had my fill of hot summers and usually feel really thankful to live where I do in the cooler Pacific Northwest. However, the daily need to figure out every day whether to put on a jacket, sweater, or down-filled vest after the summer solstice has put a damper on my mood.

So in spite of yesterday's few hours of warmth in which I could leave all outer layers at home, in spite of the huge neighborhood yard sale in one of the richie-rich neighborhoods, in spite of grilling burgers in the afternoon, in spite of the impromptu beer on the front porch with a former neighbor who happened to be biking by, in spite of the strawberry patch in our backyard producing like crazy... I was in a funk.

Last night while sitting outside eating dinner, we were trying to deconstruct my funk. There were probably several things contributing to it but probably the main one is that Abe is still, for all intents and purposes, an only child, even though there is a 5-year-old across the globe who now officially shares our last name. She has a new birth certificate with our last name. She has a passport with our name. She has a new name but she is not here, and this is getting increasingly frustrating to me.

So many people recently have approached me and said, "Oh! You have a new baby at home by now!" I have to correct them, "Well, no, she's not really a baby, and she's not really here yet." They look at me confused and sometimes say something about how wasn't it two years ago that we were in this process? Yep.

"And weren't you in Ethiopia last month?"


"You met her, right? But she's not here yet?"


"So when do you go back?"

No idea. None. Not one clue. I then have to spend a few minutes explaining how extra documents (some only obtained through added court hearings) are now being required that have never been required before, how even though everything has been completed in strict accordance with the law, we can't even be submitted to the embassy until these suddenly-added documents are in-hand.

I picked up a registration packet from the local grade school this week. Abe and I looked around the kindergarten hallway and wondered which classroom would be his sister's. The secretaries told me not to turn the packet in until she's here. Even that was frustrating to me. I wanted to get her paperwork in. I wanted to fill out those forms. I wanted to hand someone in authority my daughter's official registration into school and have them tell me all about the ELL program and which teacher would be the best fit for her. I wanted to know that her name has been added to the roster and that her teacher is making her a little name tag for the backpack cubby.

Instead? I have to wait until she's here. Until then, no one really knows she exists.

I don't want her to come here in August right before school starts to be thrown straight away into the hectic fall. I want her here now, while our days and slow and increasingly warm outside. I want here now so she can see that this city isn't always a dark, drizzly place with grey skies and never-dry sidewalks.

It's time, it's time, it's time, and I'm frustrated and full of funk.

One on my shoulder, another a symbol near my heart.

photo @ 2011 Jillian Doughty


Tara Neal said...

I read a blog in which the family is not so patiently waiting for their little girl to come home from Haiti. She said that they painted a plate and mug, to set out at the dinner table every night. She even wrote scripture on it. This is what she said:
On the plate is painted the Scripture "He prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies". I want my girls to get the idea that just as Keemberlie cannot see this plate set for her we cannot see the table set for us in heaven - but it is just as real.
I thought of this when I read your blog post today.

Julie said...

Oh my gosh, I'm not even religious and that plate comment above has me in tears. Please let B come home!

kn said...

Oh sweet Lori, I am so very sorry that she is not home yet. There is nothing not even a little bit right about this.

I hope and pray she is him soon.

Christine said...

I wish the school could have seen how it might have helped to let you put her name on a roster, holding a place for her. Thinking of you.

Rebecca said...

I understand the funk. I hope little B comes home soon. Your family is on my mind a lot. I hope all the needed documents make it to Embassy in record time and that you all get an appointment soon. Much love to you all.

Claudia said...

Oh Lori, of COURSE you are in a funk about this. This is so beautifully written but so painful to read. I'm thinking of your family all the time, hoping that this last wait won't stretch out any more. It's been far too long. Come home, little B, come home.

Jill said...

i wish i could speed up time for you.