Friday, April 18, 2008

Andre turns 31 on April 23 I'm going to the Dominican Republic to celebrate with him! I just decided yesterday when I called the U.S. Consulate in Santo Domingo and they said they need two more weeks to review his documents. His visa hasn't even been officially approved yet. This is really nerve-wracking.

When I first told Andre the bad news, he was shocked. "Two weeks! I can't wait two more weeks! Why don't you come to L'Oase in Costambar with me?" he suggested. My first reaction was, I'm sorry, but I can't. It's too much money and I'm already in debt. And my calendar is full.

But last night I got to thinking, why not? You only live once. I have to reschedule some appointments, I'll miss a friend's memorial service, but his widow will understand, I have to find a sub for two racquetball classes, I was supposed to start Landmark seminars, but there'll be another series. I'll miss my beloved writers' group, and I'm hosting a sing-along/potluck at my house....and it's all gonna work out. It always does. I have three days to make it work.

Monday I'll be flying on three planes to get there, but Andre will be waiting for me at the airport at 10:15 p.m. and it'll all be worth it. He wants to go to Costambar right away the next day. Then Wednesday is his birthday, so we'll have to think of something special. I want to spend a few days in Santo Domingo visiting friends before I fly back on May 5. Maybe Andre will even have his visa by then. Who knows? All I know is two months' separation is too much and I'm ready to be with Andre in person instead of just phone calls, emails, and Skype. Wouldn't you agree? Look at that smile!

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