a Special Peace Corps Family and Friends Event in Washington, DC. I received this invitation by email today. It has significance because I attended one in April, after I had applied, and near the end of the session, they called up Nominees and gave them their invitations, right there, in front of God and everyone. Gulp! If I can remember correctly, invitations were given out to Peace Corps Volunteers who were scheduled to leave in as few as six weeks, and as many as eight to twelve. By my estimation, I am within this window of consideration.
What shall I do? I’ve always imagined receiving my Invitation to Serve in the mail, coming inside the house, and opening it, in private. I’ve imagined a night of endless phone calls to my family and friends…phone calls to the point of exhaustion.
I could stick to this plan. Or I could attend the event, flanked by friends who are excited to see me embark on this adventure. I imagine a couple of scenarios. One scenario, is I am not given an Invitation to Serve, and I receive endless ribbing from my friends for getting them to drive to downtown DC, during rush hour, to watch people they don’t know, receive their Invitations. Another scenario, is I do receive my Invitation to Serve, and I am unhappy with the placement and/or departure time frame. I’m unhappy, and I’m standing there, with 150 pairs of eyes looking at me, and with my best poker face [for those who know me, my poker face is pretty transparent], I attempt to conceal disappointment. And finally, I imagine standing there, in front of God and everyone, receiving my Invitation to Serve, with tears in my eyes and joy in my heart.
What shall I do?