There’s no better way to announce I’m going to Jamaica!!
I’m exhausted :). My day started out like every other day: I woke up. I didn’t sleep well because, despite what I’ve said about not having expectations, I had them. I fully expected to receive my Invitation, today, by mail.
The mailman came today around 3:30 p.m. I have an oversized mailbox that makes a noise when it’s opened so I knew when the mailman had come. I went downstairs, checked the mailbox, and NO Invitation! I cursed myself for reading into what the email on Monday from the Placement Specialist had said, “The invitation packet, with all of the details about the country of service, date of departure and specific information about the Peace Corps program in that country will go out in the mail within the next couple of days.” I live 5 miles from DC…if she put the packet in the mail on Tuesday, I should have received it by today.
Then, as I was about to get on a conference call, I heard my front gate open. I looked out the window of my office and saw a vision in brown, a UPS delivery man. I thought to myself, “The government did not send my Invitation via UPS” but I went downstairs to check, just the same. And lo and behold, there it was, in all its splendor…the Invitation!
I was pressed for time — I only had two minutes before my call! I started to open the package but it was sealed with that glue that sticks to the package when you try to open it. Initially, I tried to open it in a civilized manner. I quickly became uncivilized! I opened the Invitation Packet and there, near the top, was a letter inviting me to begin training in Jamaica.
My initial thoughts were that of disbelief. Of all the places in the world, I am being sent to a tropical island and tourist destination. I have to admit, I had mixed emotions. My initial reaction was, “That’s not the Peace Corps. That’s Peace Corps-lite. I’ve had to really examine my own biases about what I think the Caribbean represents. Yes, to most Americans, when you say Caribbean, you think rum drinks with little umbrellas, reggae music, festivals, and sunshine. All of which exist in the Caribbean. But after reading the descriptions of the primary areas of focus, I am thrilled to be going there!
I’ll write more later, but for now, I’m going to go to bed and will undoubtedly sleep better than I have in months :).