After meeting Kate for the first time in-person for lunch on Thursday afternoon, I got a text from her while I was stuck in traffic on my way home from work. It said something along the lines of “My invitation is sitting on my kitchen table!” EEEE! The moment we had been waiting for since our invitations were mailed out the previous Friday. I got home and opened the mailbox and saw it inside and pulled hard to get it out of there and brought it in the house and ripped it open and saw Nicaragua in bold. I screamed. YES!
I sent a text to Kate: “Got it!” I sent a text to my mom. I called my sister and danced around the kitchen table for a while. My dad came home. I couldn’t believe how happy he was for me. We went out to celebrate.
Got a phone call from Kate: She’s going to Nicaragua too! Awesome!
Then it was my birthday weekend. Thanks for remembering, Peace Corps. This really was the best birthday present ever.
I feel incredibly lucky to be part of Peace Corps/ Nicaragua. I would love to connect with anyone else leaving for Nicaragua in January, and any current volunteers that want to share any advice/ stories/ packing tips.
This weekend I am going to tackle my aspiration statement, updated resume, and passport paperwork.
From now until Thanksgiving I am going to tackle not mentioning the Peace Corps or Nicaragua at work. It’s going to be harder than it sounds.
Good luck to everyone else waiting on those invitations. It’ll happen!