Last week I spent a fair amount of time wondering what the repercussions of my upcoming trip to Australia could mean on my adoption. Certainly, there has been a lot of movement on the girls waiting list, and it is conceivable that if the list continues to move this fast, my caseworker will want to call me over the next 3-4 weeks with my own referral. Now, this would be faster than expected, in my opinion, but anything can happen. So... I was trying to get all my ducks in a row and problem solve how to handle this scenario should it occur. What I have ultimately decided to do is -- not worry about it. Bottom line: there is nothing that I can do while I'm away to accept a referred child -- there are some things I could do through phone and email, but there are notarizing of documents that absolutely require me to be in the country to do so. That being said, if I happen to be away, and my agency happens to want to give out a girl referral, they will keep my spot in line and refer the family next in line. The initial thought of that tripped me out -- because, well, that would've been my baby. But, I have always thought the idea of referral was wild anyway. Throughout the entire process of filling out paperwork and depending on how long one element of your dossier took, or if the mail was delayed, you were arbitrarily placed at x number on this list. You could have easily been x+1 or x-1, just because. Also, we are all going to be getting our perfect child, regardless of what number they happen to fall in the lineup -- it is what it is.. everyone talks about numbers... but they are all children looking for their perfect new home. All this being said... my decision may just be a moot point and the movement on the list may just slow down anyway. But, I'm glad I thought it through... I'm totally fine with whatever happens.
Happy Sunday. Hope you're not all recovering from the Swine like myself... not really, I have a cold, but it is fun to throw in the "Swine" and watch people momentarily panic until they realize who they're talking to.