Upon waking yesterday morning, I did what I always do. I grabbed my phone and looked at e-mails received overnight. Still on holiday and quite sleepy, I was expecting nothing of significance. As I scrolled through numerous routine e-mails, there it was–the one e-mail we have been awaiting for months, subject line, “Summons for Court Date.”
The past weeks have been challenging. Heightened rhetoric from Pyongyang and Washington, D.C. has me on edge, as does the Government of Japan’s recent guidance on how to react if a ballistic missile is headed towards you. While keeping our family–including, of course, our soon-to-be-son residing in South Korea–safe is my primary goal, I appreciate that there is little, if anything, I can do to ease the political tensions in this part of the world.
The good news? After waiting for so long to welcome our son, I understand the virtue of patience. The bad news? I’ve failed to master it.