Passed Muster – almost


We went to the passport office this morning to apply for the passports. I brought the kids with me, because after all the photo fiasco and hoopla , if they wanted me to retake the kids photos I didn’t want to delayed it too much.


Now, if you mail in the forms etc it can take at least 2 months, but if you go to the passport office it take 10 working days until they send you the passport. Excellent. I will have them before the June 1st 2009 deadline (after that you need a passport to cross the Canada / USA border).


The only problem we ended up having with the pictures is that Prince HockeyFan has his mouth open in them (he has an overbite) and that is not acceptable. There was NO problem with lighting etc. (Go figure!) So she processed all the applications, and told me that if I dropped off his new pix by the end of the day there should be no processing delay.


The passport office that I used is at the Fairview Shopping Centre, and I figured I could get his pix done there. I went to the Pharmaprix there (cheapest option first) and asked if they would do it (couldn’t hurt to ask). No, sorry we don’t take kids pictures. Surprise surprise. We waited for another store to open – Astral Pictures – and they did his pictures, professionally and with courtesy, and at twice the price!


Now I have to tell you that my son was not well pleased about having to have his photos retaken. He started to whine and complain about how hard it would be blah blah. I had absolutely NO patience for this kind of behaviour but I didn’t want to cause a scene. I am proud to admit that I bribed him. Told him I had a certain amount on money in my wallet that had his name on it if he decided he was going to cooperate with zero fuss. Amazing thing, money. There was NO fuss. Wow. I absolutely hate the photos – they don’t look like him. He has a frowny face in them, but his mouth is closed.


We dropped off the pictures at the office and hightailed it to school. I am glad that’s done.


(I walked past Second Cup and Saint Cinnabon and Café Depot and they called out to me….but I resisted).

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  1. tom says:

    that you are able to resist the siren call of so many sources of caffeine is amazing…you are truly a pillar of strength…and good for you for resolving the passport fiasco

  2. ladylockandload says:

    Very good how you handled you son when he was cranky. Bribery gets you EVERYWHERE, and he deserved a little something for his efforts and patience. May you have nachas from your lovely sons.

  3. Frume Sarah says:

    10 working days…are you kidding?? It takes 4-6 WEEKS here south of the border. We took the kids to the postal office at the beginning of April and hope to see them sometime in the next couple of weeks.

    The passports; not the kids.

  4. hadassahsabo says:

    and yet my MIL recently (in the USA) got hers within a week…..

    (LOL’d totally at your last line Frume Sarah)

    LadyLnL – Bribery is a great parenting tool.

    tom – has your coffee consumption gone up because i am not longer imbibing? are you taking it upon yourself to redress the imbalance?

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