I’m saying good-bye to an old friend today. We’ve been through so much together–traveled thousands of miles, shed tears of joy and sorrow, braved many a stern-faced border officer, and, admittedly, shared nine sighs of relief and gratitude when the smiling US counterpart said to us: “Welcome home.”
Have you guessed the identity of my traveling companion? Yes? No?
Well, it’s my US Passport! I’m saying good-bye to it today and putting it in the mail to be renewed. It’s nearly 10 years old now, and not valid for my next, and God-willing, upcoming adventure to Russia. So I’m flipping through the pages, laughing at my very ugly photo, and relishing the memories of my nine trips to Samara (and one to Canada!).
Never thought I would be sentimental over a document. LOL! But my postponement of this item on my “to-do” list tells me that I still haven’t conquered my distaste for change. “Gee , Mr. State Dept. official, can’t I keep my old passport as a souvenir? Please?”
“No, Mrs. Morris, you cannot. So if you will just hand it over to me now, I will give you a shiny new one, with a more attractive photo, and plenty of blank pages for visas for all the trips you will take in the future. Doesn’t that sound like something you would like?”
Well, actually, yes. But first, let me scan a couple of the pages so I don’t forget.
A Russian visa – Neat, huh?
And yes, the ugly photo…you’ve been dying to see it, haven’t you?
Yeah…I thought really short hair would be easier. (NOT!)
How about you, faithful friend and blog reader? Do you find it hard to say good-bye? To people? Things? Places? Or are you like me, a neurotic who can’t say good-bye to paperwork!