I just got an e-mail from Sr Mary of VIDES USA informing me that placements are still available in Texas, a state that's been calling my name for at least a year now. This is exciting for several reasons.
One, I was really excited about it, something I couldn't say about some of the other options I was looking at. I've always relied pretty heavily on my gut (and 97.6% of the times don't, I wish I had), and my gut told me I needed to be more excited about where ever I go. So, this is a good sign.
Two, I still have what looks like a fair shot of getting on board with some one exciting, whether it's VIDES, the Ursuline Companions, or the Dominican Volunteers. When my gut started yelling at me last week, I scrapped pretty much all of the programs I had been looking at and jumped head first into the Last Minute game. The risk there, obviously, was that it was too late for me to apply anywhere. So far VIDES and the Dominicans still look like real possibilities.
Three, it makes this pipe dream I've had for a solid three years more concrete. It looks like it might actually materialize into something tangible, and that's so exciting. It's also rather terrifying, but I'll deal with that.
In other news, I'm starting to think about how much stuff I'm going to have to chunk to be able to move anywhere, especially if the family goes Saxon. Visions of yard sales and Franciscan asceticism swirl in my head, but I know I will never be able to rid myself of my lust for all things photographic and/or musical. I suspect, were he a modern fellow, St Francis would have allowed himself an iPod, if only of Latin chant, and a photo key chain.