The Waiting is the Hardest Part


Tom Petty said it best. We are now three weeks past Kail’s successful Spanish exam, six weeks past my obtaining a medical clearance, 10+ weeks past my submitting my security clearance documents and we still don’t know when we are departing for orders, foreign service, security clearance, medical clearance, foreign service spouse, foreign service marriageWe do know that with every day that goes by without receiving the go-ahead, it will be a few weeks until we leave leave, just counting backwards from all the things we have to do: hire movers (plus inventory, sorting and packing our belongings into various shipment categories/storage) and ship all our stuff, obtain a diplomatic passport for me, obtain our visas for El Salvador, buy plane tickets, etc.We haven’t received information on the status of my security clearance, so we might be in the DC area for a while! Which is good since it means I will definitely be able to complete my eight weeks studying Spanish at FSI but bad since I’m only eligible for eight weeks maximum, and I’m already in my sixth week. Also bad since I quit my job in June.We knew going into this that we’d be pressed for time, which is why we tried to get married pretty quickly and complete all the legal paperwork as soon as possible. We thought mid-April would allow sufficient time to get everything done but we might have been a tad optimistic.pumpkin picking, foreign service, travel orders, foreign service spouse, foreign service wedding, medical clearance, security clearance, halloweenNow the ongoing joke in our house is that maybe we’ll be here for [insert fall/winter holiday] after all. Or maybe we won’t have to break our lease early! (Note: We signed a 12-month lease in February this year.) I will be upset, however, if it turns out that I could have trained for and run a fall marathon.Although I went for an outdoor run the other night for the first time in I don’t even know how long (this heat wave has made me depend solely on our apartment gym for exercise) and it was TOUGH. It made me realize how out of shape I am. So, sticking around DC for a little while longer will give me time to get back in decent running shape so I don’t embarrass myself in front of whatever running groups I find in San Salvador.We should also be able to make a good dent in our food bucket list. Oh yeah — and having more time to spend with friends in the area won’t be too bad either. There’s also that honeymoon we never got around to …

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

10 thoughts on “The Waiting is the Hardest Part

  1. I’m sorry y’all are still playing the waiting game. But I’m glad that maybe you’ll still be in town for my birthday!!Sounds like pregnancy… the 37th week or whatever you’re just waiting for a sign*, then BOOM everyone hauls it to the minivan.*based on personal and media anecdotes as I have never been pregnant


  2. Oh man, I can’t even imagine the suspense! Chris and I would be going nuts! I’m glad you guys are looking on the bright side and staying busy! Hopefully that day of departure will be here soon enough!


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