Horatio graduates from his Masters in International Public Policy at Johns Hopkins’ SAIS in five days and still does not have a job to go to the next day.
Of course there is solace in the fact that he will continue to get a paycheck, regardless of where he goes the day after graduation, but to a highly motivated, country first, guy, not having a mission is a hard pill to swallow.
For now, we have to assume we will be headed to Asia in the summer of 2014 and Horatio will spend the better part of the next year training for the position. We still hold out more than a little hope, though, that an opportunity close to home will come up so we can stay here. A board meets in the fall to assign specific jobs for his line of work, so we will wait to see what happens before we start brushing up on our Mandarin.
For the most part, I calmly accept our fate in the Navy and go about my daily business, but I get a tell-tale pain in my neck and shoulder whenever I start talking about moving away from here. I know that no matter what happens, we will be happy where the Navy sends us, but getting there is stressful beyond measure.
Four kids with four different temperaments will handle the news differently. I hate to think of disrupting their happy lives, but they too will persevere and thrive, no matter where we sleep at night. Getting them from point A to point B will be a challenge I’d rather not face, but as a faithful Navy wife and mom, it is my job to get us through it all and that I will do, with a smile on my face… most of the time.
I cope with the prospect of change by focusing on the positive and keeping it all in perspective. If we move overseas, the boys will go to a fabulous International School and will make friends and memories that will stay with them forever. Our third culture kids will adapt before we know it and are aware that moving overseas again is always a possibility. We are lucky that Horatio has a steady income and if not a place to go, a job nonetheless.
For now, we go about our lives as usual. We adopted a dog last week and are busy tking him on walks and happily making him part of our family.