Well, the Rumor Queen has word from "multiple sources" that referrals were mailed Friday. RQ's loyal subjects have conducted much analysis of previous mailings and DHL routing practices which lead them to believe referral documents could be arriving at agencies as soon as MONDAY! I'm too afraid to hope for Monday, though -- I'm going to think Tuesday so I can keep my sanity (yeah, right).
Speaking of that very special telephone call, I have to tell you what happened Wednesday. I was at work in the middle of the afternoon and thinking to myself that it was just about the time of day that referrals were posted last month when my phone rang. I looked at the Caller ID and saw my adoption agency's phone number. I grabbed it fast and said hello, and my social worker identified herself. I shrieked her name . . . and that's when she realized what she had done. She said, "Ooooh, no, I'm sorry, this isn't THAT call." It turns out that she was just "checking in" as she does every few months, and she didn't think about the fact that it is referral time and I might be expecting THAT news. She apologized about 10 times, but I was shaking and my heart was pounding for about two more hours. She asked how I was doing, and I said, "well, apparently I'm a bit over anxious!" She apologized again.
The folks at work are just as eager as I am for the news. I wrote down the agency's phone number for Nancy, who sometimes picks up my calls, and she has it by her phone so she can be SURE to pick up the call if I'm on another one or in a meeting. When my phone rang Wednesday, she saw the number on caller ID and raced into my office. I had to shake my head at her to send her sadly back to her desk; I think she was as excited as I was, if that was possible.
After all that, do you suppose the actual call will be a letdown? Naaah, I don't, either.
Nancy was one of four guessers in my "Name the Time of the Call" contest, but she picked last Thursday (as I would have, frankly!). The good news for Nancy is that The Call didn't come in on Friday, when she was taking the day off! We have three other guesses for this week, so stay tuned to see who wins the special prize from China . . . oh, and for information on our daughter, of course.
I'll post the news here as soon as I'm able.