Friday, March 25, 2011
Passports and Paradigm Shifts
Patrick and the two oldest kids have had the privilege of serving in those previously mentioned countries. During those years, the younger girls were small, and it felt completely overwhelming to even consider arranging the schedule for me to leave the country. It just seemed logical for Patrick to go and for me to stay.
Over the years there would be moments when I'd sulk over feeling like Cinderella while Patrick and the older kids were off having a ball. But for the most part, I felt like I was doing what I was supposed to be doing. After all these years, it's almost become a given that Patrick will go and I will hold down the fort. But this week, after mailing off Victoria's passport application, I realized there's been a paradigm shift. Victoria, my baby, is going overseas. My big kids are staying home...and they don't need me with them! I'm free to go.
I'm not sure what this new found freedom means...maybe I SHOULD think about going to Haiti with the team this summer. Who knows? In any case, I have realized I've just entered a new stage in life...one in which my kids need my physical presence less, and I'm now free to get that passport stamped.
I'll be sending that old, unused passport in soon. Trading it in for a brand spankin' new one. My goal for the next ten years is at least two stamps...one from Haiti. I want to see this country that has imprinted itself so massively on Kevin's heart. The second stamp I'm hoping for...England. I have a dear friend moving there...and she's going to need to show me the lay of the land.