I´m always several steps ahead, with long lists of things that could go wrong. I can worry months in advance. I am a master worrier.
Then sometimes things happen to go ... right. And as confusing as that might be for a worrier, it´s a valuable lesson.
Mati is going to Germany in a couple of months. I added a card to my dining room map with a list of things to do. Many things are a chain. Eg: his passport is in order but there is a new one available. If he were to get it (which he is not, just in case it takes too long <-- worry), he first needs his id renewed as he is 16 now. When we went to do that, I was told the birth certificate I had was not valid. Even if I had used it for EVERYTHING for 16 years, the employee would not take it as it was a certificate of the birth, not a copy of the births book. That meant getting a copy.
Things to worry about:
* I could get lost going to the San Isidro record office
* I would not find a place to park
* The limited numbers would be gone by the time I got there
* They´d ask for some weird document I did not have with me
* It would be expensive to get it done on the day
* It would take so long that I wouldn´t be able to get to school in time to pick Tati up
What really happened:
* I actually got lost on my way to San Isidro record office but found the place after that
* It took a lot of worry, frowning and agitation to go around the block to dicover PLENTY of free space to park.
* It took me almost 20 minutes of walking around zigzagging to find parking tokens. <-- more worry, I was running late.
* The queue was minimal and what I needed was simple.
* I discovered I was at the WRONG register office. Mati was born in San Isidro (about and hour drive from home) but was inscribed in Villa Ballester books (some four blocks from home!!!).
* Back to Ballester I went. It took less than 15 minutes, four blocks from home to get the copy of the birth certificate. Plus it was free!
* I was home by 9.30AM
A) An hour from home, expensive document would take hours.
B) Four blocks from home free document took 15 minutes.
Lesson #1: read before you act.
Lesson #2: things can be sooooooo much easier than expected.
|Back of document, stating it´s origin, uses and today´s date|