So, last week I wrote about the craziness of learning that our PA state document was authenticated with the wrong seal. I figured I’d tell you the rest of the story.
Last Thursday, I called the PA state office and talked with an incredibly helpful woman who immediately recognized that they had made a mistake. She said that I did not need to submit a second authentication fee, or a stamped envelope, but just to send it directly to her and she’d put it back in the mail on the SAME DAY. Wow! Of course this is how you would hope glitches like this could be resolved–but I’m not one to assume that they will. However, I jumped in the car, took our marriage certificate and went to the local mailing center. The other local mailing center. I sent it overnight by FedEx.
I thought there was a chance that I would see it Saturday. If not Saturday, then definitely Monday or Tuesday. And every day I came home, I checked the doors. Doors, you ask? Yes, doors. You see, we have five exterior doors–any which one UPS/FedEx can (and has) used. But, I checked the obvious ones. And every day I thought, have patience, many little things could happen, and besides….you have other significant decisions to make that do not hang on this document! So, I kept being patient (seriously).
But, this morning I woke up thinking about it. “Okay, it should have been here. Something is wrong. I should have included a stamped envelope that could be tracked so that I would know what is going on. I’m going to need to call this woman. What if I can’t reach her. Can you call UPS and check what has been sent to your address? What is going on?” And then I couldn’t go back to sleep. My husband, seemingly always calm, reminded me that this is small and not in need of my worry.
And then, suddenly I had a new idea. Check the screened in porch!
Only once has someone put a package inside our screened in porch–but the weather has been unpredictable and someone may have thought it was the weather-safe option (of someone too lazy to walk to the back door that is fully protected by a porch and put it inside the screen door).
So, I came downstairs and went out on the porch and there, blown against the far wall, and damp from a week of general wetness, was the overnight UPS package. Which means….it arrived last Saturday or Monday, as I had thought it would! From now on, EVERY door will be in my door check.
Luckily, the document is fine, it was in a solid envelope and is possibly less wrinkled than when it returned the first time. And, it has the correct seal.