Balloons are going up all over the world because I am going back to South Africa! Here's what the actual stamp on my passport says:
Authority to proceed to the Republic to report to an immigration officer at a port of entry has been granted by the Minster of Home Affairs
Issued at CHICAGO on 2012.05.02 Expiry Date: 2013.05.01
TO BE ADMITTED FOR A PERIOD OF ONE(1) YEAR, TO WRITE BOOKS, SECTION 11 (2)
Of course, it contains my name, passport # etc., and then it's signed and has an official seal.
It's official! It's official! I am going back to where my heart is. Goodness and mercy have been following me all the days of my life!
The nice people at the Consulate also told me to apply to extend my Sabbatical visa when I'm back in South Africa.
There is a line in a recent Heavenletter, either recently published or proofed or written, in which God says:
What was all the fuss about?
Note that I was approved long before I knew it. The folly of worry. All the concern and struggle were a product of my mind and were never necessary. Maybe they never are necessary.
When Arnand, Santhan's uncle, the beautiful soul who has let us use his beach house (4 bedrooms, 3 baths -- this time I will take pictures) in Palm Springs, Hibiscus Coast, right on the Indian Ocean, making South Africa most especially wonderful, wrote:
Hello my Sweetest Darling Sister,
I just received the best news ever. Santhan just told me that your visa has been approved. I'm so happy that you will be back soon. Really missing your warmest of smiles & all the positive energy you dish out. Although you are so far away, you are always close to me in my heart. I'm sure now the days will fly by & you'll be with us soon.
All my love & best wishes. Arnand
When I gave the definite news to Heaven Admin, he wrote back:
Aloha! Querida, what beautiful news. I'm smiling. No surprise right? OK, let's see about your flight back. Oceans of Love, S.
And I also want to give you the down-to-earth light that Normand, French translator, Godwriter™, shed on this (For those who may not know, Heaven Admin is considering building the first CommuniTree in Underburg, South Africa. CommuniTree is a sustainable spiritual community, and you are invited!)
Normand, there's no time to get your okay before including your delightful words. I just thought of it right now. May it be okay.
Your Sabbatical! That's great (but you will soon realize that a year is nothing -- it goes so fast.) Santhan will send you to the fields. You'll have to grow potatoes, beets, do the broscht, milk the cows, make the sour cream for the Stronganoff, make straw hats with the corn...ah! ah! you're in for a treat! Will you mind sending me Lauren's address in Chicago. I would like to donate a modest contribution to your expenses. Instead of Paypal, I'll write you a check in Canadian funds which is as good as the American at the moment!
Jack, I'm never ever again going to worry about anything -- never ever!!!
Well, until next time. :)