Temporary. Indefinite. Choose one.
The U.S. Presidential election absentee voting ballot application recently prompted an existential crisis when it asked me to choose between the following options:
1) I am residing outside the U.S., and I intend to return.
2) I am residing outside the U.S., and I do not intend to return.
Umm…neither? We don’t have actual plans to move back to America, but I also don’t necessarily see us living in Switzerland forever. I’m quite comfortable with the idea of continuing our current situation until it doesn’t work for us anymore. Yes, it’s vague. We’re not very good long-term life planners, but we are pretty good at adapting to changing conditions and making major life changes fairly quickly when the opportunity presents itself. (Case in point: The time between our deciding it’d be fun to live in Europe and landing in Switzerland with 12 pieces of luggage and boxes on the way was fewer than 10 months.)
Unfortunately the California Secretary of State doesn’t consider “yeah, maybe, someday, we’ll see,” an acceptable option.