The day before yesterday was simply gorgeous. The sun was out and there wasn’t a single dark cloud in the sky. At some time around 3PM I stepped out of the house and closed the door behind me. I was on my way to the laundromat within our residential complex to finally wash our mountain of dirty clothes (we’ve been very busy!). I had a Santa’s bag (not kidding) on my back filled with our clothes.
I decided to take a quick peek in the mailbox just to see if our mail had arrived. In it I saw the same self addressed stamped envelope that we enclosed along with our visa applications. After the initial shock phase and staring at it for 2 seconds while my mind processed exactly what I was looking at, my heartbeat began to immediately race at 100 miles per hour. Only 5 business days had passed since we mailed our applications! I have also been obsessively refreshing the tracking page on my mobile phone every hour since they received it just to see if they mailed our passports back yet. How could they have possibly mailed our passports back already?! Is that even a good thing? Did they deny our applications? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
I dropped my blue Santa bag on the ground and reached in the mailbox to grab the envelope. I stared at it for another 2 seconds. Yep! This is the one. I left the Santa bag outside and went back into the house to open the large envelope. I quietly and cautiously opened the envelope while Danielle was upstairs drying her hair. I grabbed the first passport, Danielle’s, and flipped through the pages really quickly. She has many stamps and her old Spanish visa (now expired) in there so it took me a few seconds to flip through it… and then there was “the page”. It read “Wiza” at the top which, as you can probably imagine, is Polish for the word visa. I yelled out, “DANIELLE!!!!!!!!!” She turned off the hair dryer, ran over to the top of the stairs, and in a voice of worry as if something had happened to me said, “what? what?” I yelled with a smile from cheek to cheek and with her passport in my hand, “WE GOT OUR VISAS!!”
She quickly ran down the steps and said, “Shut up!!! That quick?” I gave her the passport and then checked mine. Boom! My visa was stamped there too.
For about 30 seconds we jumped in a circle in absolute joy while my blue Santa bag was still outside with all of our clothes. Our efforts had finally paid off… all the paperwork, the extensive background check from my employer, getting the dogs ready, and selling most of our belongings on Craigslist. We were finally rewarded. We now had less than 30 days to arrive in Poland or our visas will become invalid. Sh*t just got serious.
Now we have to get rid of everything that is left, buy our plane tickets, and complete the final preparations for our dogs. Luckily, Danielle had just sold her car 2 days prior so that was one major thing that we did not have to worry about selling.
I always tell her she has the most luck out of anyone I know. Maybe it’s the luck of the Irish, I don’t know. Hopefully it will rub off on me some day and I’ll win millions of dollars so we can retire and travel the world. Fingers crossed!