Sunday, January 9, 2011

When One Door Closes, Another Opens

Tim went back to work on the 5th. He picked up Collie's passport finally...nice of them to email him at work instead of just calling us at home! Then he talked to his first shirt about his discharge paperwork. He didn't have it yet because he didn't want to go pick it up from the legal office while Tim was on leave. But he said that he needed to talk about something else instead that was really important. They have been authorized to offer Tim a job in the shop as a DoD civilian! Apparently some arguing was done with the base commander about how crucial it is to keep Tim around. The commander won't let Tim stay in the AF but is giving him a chance to stay in the shop. So now they have to set up a job position for him to see if it's even possible to keep Tim here. We weren't sure at first if we even wanted to take it because we have finally accepted the harsh reality that we have to start our lives over and we are really ready to go home. But after sleeping on it and talking to some people, we realized that this is happening for a reason and we should go for it. If it works out then we stay and hopefully be more prepared to leave the island when it is time to go again. If it doesn't work out then we just continue on home now as planned. Part of me is sad though because I was really looking forward to getting the kids home to see everybody. But like I said, this is happening for a reason and we should try to stay. Nobody knows any details yet since the job hasn't actually been created yet and I don't think it has been done in his shop before. Hopefully we will find out more sometime this week and it won't end up being a huge hassle for us. And since Tim still has to be discharged from the military either way, he thinks that they will probably serve him when he goes back to work tomorrow. When that happens he has to be escorted to all of his out-processing he gets it done quickly and doesn't try to kill anyone or he couldn't just do that outside of work if he really wanted...whatever.
So now we just sit and play another waiting game to find out about the possible new job...

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