Sunday, March 22, 2009
Published by Rod
More than a year ago, my visa application was submitted to consideration; so I can be able to live, grow and work in Australia, the Thursday morning I receive a call from my case manager saying:
“Hi Rod… are you there? I am calling you because there has been some update in your case… Pretty good news, your visa has been granted!”
This video is the more accurate description of how do you feel the following minute and seconds after receiving the grant letter. Or at least, it was for me.
Ode to Joy...
Putting words to those wacky images… Didn’t know how to feel, finally the closure of this stage of the process has come, I can move on now, prepare the upcoming changes, send our stuff to Sydney, arrange the wire transfers… But at the same time, couldn’t avoid a pain in the chest; give a thought or two on your family, how to tell’em?
My first reaction was to stay put, call my wife, talk to co-workers and continue with my duties (even though I was so out of focus)... being unstable between long times unexpressed happiness / joy, euphoria, and sadness... All at once; just as Will Smith in “Pursuit of happiness” ending scene.
Even though I tried to call my mom for the last two days, and talk to her about it... Couldn’t communicate with her (thanks god, didn’t had the courage to tell her I am leaving any time soon) but today... after the standard “hi, how are you? How’s everything?” and a short period of time (5 long seconds of silence) the words came out of my mouth
Me: “Mom, I have the Australian visa...”
As reflect she said “Oh my god, good for you...” (Shocked tone of voice) “When are you leaving?”
Me: “Dunno mah, June, July... whenever fare is cheapest”.
Nothing else came out from us, said goodbye and hang the phone out.
- Digest a bit.
- Finish up a couple of things in home.
- Pack everything up.
- Send over some boxes.
- Read 15 booklets, sent with the grant letter.
- Enjoy my family for the time being.
- Prepare future posts...
- Finish off activities with my customers.
Thanks for reading, till next time.