Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Waiting and the Declaration of Independence

Feeling a writers block of sorts. I am waiting. Waiting on the FS. That's a pretty boring thing for anyone to read about. Heck, I bore myself thinking about it. The next A-100 class is in May and we're sure that we won't be attending. Will it work out for June? Or will we continue to wait? Or maybe it won't work our at all for the FS. The PD register has swelled all of a sudden. What the..??? Maybe this has all been an exercise in fruitless bureaucracy. Is there such a thing as fruitful bureaucracy? I need to remember that everything will work out. No matter what. My family is healthy and happy. But it would be nice to know if this Foreign Service thing will happen. grr.
If the FS isn't happening, I want to move somewhere warmer. Upstate NY is cold and gray. I need more sunshine. I think pretty much anywhere would have more sun.

In other news:
My 9 yr old son had to write his own Declaration of Independence for school. It was pretty neat to see him reading the text of the real thing on the computer. That is an amazing piece of writing. It was nice talking to him about it. We were discussing just how cool it was that the colonists broke away and said enough! This is not right and we are not having it anymore!

Here's some of the real thing:
"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."...

B soaked a piece of paper in tea, my favorite Yorkshire tea, (he thought that was funny considering the British tax on tea) and tore the edges. Then he used a calligraphy pen while checking out the real thing on-line. He signed his name, along with the names of the real guys. 
He also made a flag with thirteen stars on it, out of legos.


Anonymous said...

So sorry about the continual limbo. It's so hard to be in such flux - not knowing where or when you will have a resolution.

If it's any consolation, we drove ourselves INSANE over the register and wondering how many were on it, what classes were going to be offered in the future, how many people would be in each class... so where does that leave us... it was nail-biting. So we totally understand and have been there.

Digger said...

The waiting is the worst (though it helps prepare you for bidding). There is a yahoo group for those who have passed to oral assessment and are waiting for "the call." I found it a good means of obsessing and a decent source of info in terms of when calls were going out and how far down into the register they were dipping.

fsowannabe said...

As Digger mentioned, the Yahoo A-100 board is great for obsessing over. I too am past the OA, waiting for clearances and, hopefully, the register. It's sad to think that the test and the OA were the easy parts of this process. Best of luck on dealing with the unknown of it all.