We will be regulars in this spot; I already know it. I am packing the picnics in my mind.
I was going to start out at the beginning of the story, about how I put a piece of paper in my special envelope and then...
I don't have time for that.
I'm just going to cut to the chase: we are moving to London, in about six weeks. Jarod got a job there, rather unexpectedly, and now the next six weeks look like this:
- June 12 Elvie will have surgery; this is the "maybe" surgery I wrote about before. The long and short of it is that we feel most comfortable with her surgeons here in San Francisco; they have been with her since the beginning and know her body well. It became apparent to me as I went about her daily care that this potential next surgery would be necessary, and when we found out that Jarod got the job, the first person I emailed was our contact at the pediatric surgery clinic. It's a small miracle that we were able to get it scheduled; we only just went in for the consultation Wednesday. I will say more about this as the day approaches, but I have very few worries about it - it's even more minor than the last one, and I am confident that Elvie will do her usual thing and heal like a champ.
- June 16 The shipping service picks up the boxes and limited furniture we are shipping by sea. This is the thing that is causing me the most stress right now; I have to both decide what we're taking and which way we're taking it (by sea or on our flight), then pack up the stuff that goes on the boat. Every spare moment right now is spent putting things in boxes.
- June 18-23 I fly on my own to London to search for housing. We are using a relocation service, as the London rental market can be a bit tricky, especially since we are moving with pets. We looked at the option of getting a pet friendly short let, and it was going to cost more than a plane ticket. This is also better for Zinashi and for me. We both like to know where home is going to be. We both like for there to be a solid plan. If it were just about me, then maybe we would do it differently, but it became clear that this would ease Zinashi's mind quite a lot, so off I go. (And let me just be honest here: I am going to LOVE flying without anyone else to keep calm and keep track of. I've already chosen which books I'm taking to read on the plane.)
- June 26-July10 We travel to Kansas City to visit friends and family. This trip was planned in advance, and it seemed right to still do it since we don't know how soon we'll see all our Midwest folks again.
- July 23(ish) We get on a flight here in San Francisco and land in our new home city the next day.
These next six weeks are going to be ridiculous. There is so much to do. But at the end of it, we will be settled in the place we hope to be settled for the long term. We will start putting down the kind of roots that are good for our kids, and good for us, too. We will split the distance between Ethiopian and American families, just like we wanted to. We will make a home where we know we want to stay. It's a dream come true.