I went to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s (SOC) office today to have our contracts and documents authenticated for Taiwan. (Authentication is the next step once a document is notarized – the state verifies the notary’s commission is valid and puts a big gold seal and a cover letter on each document.) Everything went smoothly until I found out our home study could not be authenticated – seems the notary did not put her seal on the home study. Fortunately the notary was in her office. I made it over there and back to the SOC office in about an hour.
When I realized the problem with the notary stamp, I returned to the parking garage and mentioned to the attendant that I was going to have to return because of a paperwork snafu. The parking attendant asked me how long it would be before I would return – I told him it would be about an hour and he said he would let me come back in on the same ticket. He marked down the time I left and told me to ask for the ticket came back. Well, I thought that was nice but did not realize how helpful that would be until I returned and saw a sign out front that said “Sorry – Garage FULL”. I drove in anyway and found the same attendant – he said to drive on in and he double-parked my car. That was a huge relief – I was already so stressed, I was happy to not have to drive around looking for parking. When we bring our son home, I’ll have to be sure and send that parking attendant a baby announcement. . .I am sure he does not realize what a blessing he was to me today!