Saturday, February 21, 2009
Feels like a plane crash
Okay, not really. It's just a paperwork setback. But I was just drawing this cute little illustration of a crashed F-18 Super Hornet, so it's all I can offer you in the way of allegory.
My fingerprints were rejected. The computer deemed them illegible. I have a new appointment to get them redone. I can't see how they'll come out any better. My skin is dry and shriveled, and I've already been using hand cream. Oh, doom.
Also, and this one has me puzzled, but it seems we're being approved for a girl 18 months to 3 years. I know that was our request to the adoption agency, but I'm wondering why they had to be so specific on the USCIS paperwork when the agency itself was reserving the right to offer us matches with boys. In fact our original request was for either gender, and we only decided on the girl thing later. I've always wanted both a son and a daughter, maybe to emulate my brother and me; it's just the birth order that's getting switched up.
But if the government thinks we're A-OK to raise a girl, then it will feel the same way for a boy. Right? This will be a quick fix? Forgive my gut for being filled with dread. I've never adopted before, and I'm trying to translate practical-logic into government-logic so I can figure this out.
What I should do is wait patiently, get my fingerprints redone, and speak to the agent about the next step.
My brother and I were always best of friends when we were kids. I seem to have retained the idea that having two children of opposite genders means they'll get along swimmingly. One can only hope.