Sunday was the 2nd anniversary of our DTE. DTE stands for Dossier To Ethiopia, and it is the date that all our adoption paperwork was officially sent to Ethiopia. We have been in line, waiting to be matched with a child for two years now. That a long time. It was hard not to feel discouraged Sunday. Our family celebrated our DTE date last year with a fun day of sledding, fro-yo, and a movie. This year we just did dinner out and fro-yo. It’s hard to be happy about waiting, but I was glad we gave it our best shot.
Something that occurred to me when I was thinking about how long two years is out of our life. I’ve been obsessing over the founding father Alexander Hamilton since the moment I first listed to the broadway musical soundtrack of Hamilton. I bought myself his biography by Ron Chernow, and now I know way too much about his life. In my defense, it is endlessly fascinating.
In history class we learn these events: Boston tea party, Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War, Constitutional Convention, Federalist Papers, ratifying and adopting the Constitution. They all run together in the timeline in my mind. I picture one leading to the next over a short period of time, but I’m wrong. As I was reading about Hamilton, I was struck by the lengths of times each of these feats in our country’s history took. The revolutionary war forged on for 8 years. Can you believe it lasted almost a decade? If I knew that in 8th grade, I’ve forgotten. It took 1 1/2 years to convince congress to adopt the constitution that was written 11 years after independence was declared.
Good things take time. We live in such an immediate world. Instant streaming, periscoping, live-tweeting, fast food, and Amazon prime are all part of our daily speak. My two years of waiting, even if I end up waiting two more years, will all be worth it. It will be good.
Here's a sample of Hamilton. This track is aptly titled "Wait for It." It's actually my favorite song from the musical. It is sung from the point of view of Aaron Burr, the vice president who kills Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Fun fact: when he says "My grandfather was a fire and brimstone preacher," he means Jonathan Edwards. Yes, the preacher critical in The Great Awakening was Aaron Burr's grandfather. Whoa! Clearly I'm down the rabbit hole. Send help.