October 31, 2006
Tomorrow is the first day of National Novel Writing Month, so I don’t know how much I will be blogging for a while; therefore I’m blogging as much as I can today.
Yesterday was a big day, and not just because of the card in the mailbox. When I returned home from schlepping all four kids to piano lessons (only the oldest two take lessons, but I had to take the little two along — talk about a premise for a horror movie) there was a message on the answering machine from the Vietnam coordinator with our adoption agency. My mind began to race: it’s too early for us to be getting a referral, has the Vietnam program shut down? Did they suddenly get paperwork for, like, 20 kids? Has she been reading my blog and decided that referring to my father-in-law as the sperm donor makes me a bad parent? Really, we don’t call him that around the kids and they never read my blog!
Ok, so I wasn’t really worried about the blog, but I was shocked to hear her on my answering machine. Turns out she was just calling to check in since she hadn’t heard from us in a while. She encouraged us to call if we ever have any questions or concerns. Really?!?!?!?
Ok, I know my memory is fuzzy, but our last agency’s policy went something like this:
Don’t call us, we’ll call you!*
*Except we won’t really, but still don’t call us anyway.
There is no such thing as a stupid question.**
**As long as you keep it to yourself.
We’ll keep you informed of everything you need to know regarding your adoption.***
***In our professional estimation you need to know nothing.
Please feel free to email us with questions or concerns.****
****It’s very easy for us to delete unread email.
Ask us no questions, we’ll tell you no lies.*****
*****Ask us questions and you get what you get.
When your baby is finally home you will realize the whole process has been worth it ******
******So just take the kid and keep your mouth shut.
Like I said, my memory is a bit fuzzy, so that might not be the exact verbiage, but you get the idea.
Needless to say, we are thrilled with our current agency and have no complaints about the increasing wait times because, at least, we feel they are being honest and up front about everything.
And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt says hello.