Part I – Three new Citizens
I’ll start with the bottom line. Here I am, tired and jet-lagged, sitting at my desk at work and Doping instead of working. So, everything is the same as before (except for the jet lag, which will pass). Almost. Oh, and we did have fun!
The one tangible result of 12 days in The New World is a brief meeting with INS, and three Certificates of Citizenship, one each for each of my three children. They are American citizens!
(The other tangible result is a multi-thousand-$$$-shaped hole in our bank account… but we knew that ahead of time)
OK, back to the beginning. In the beginning, God created… oops, wrong beginning :smack:
Let’s try again. We all (my wife, 3 kids and I) headed for the airport late at night, July 31. Flight to Toronto was (thankfully) mostly uneventful. Now, when you read forwrad, you will ask “why Toronto?” Well, that’s because my wife has a few colleagues there who invited us specially to come over for an outing on lake Ontario and a barbecue at their place. So we did.
The Second Day, we drove. You see, our next stop was a B&B out in the boonies near Trois Rivieres (half-way between Montreal and Quebec (city)) which we knew from last year. So we drove for about 10 hours that day (and this is the point at which I was asking **myself **“Why Toronto? Why didn’t we fly to Montreal?”)
More about our time in Canada, in the next installment (which will be up later)
Cutting things short(er) – on Aug 5th we headed for the USA. The major event of that day was getting to the border (at I-91 in Vermont) and realizing, suddenly, that Sunday afternoon is not the best time to be crossing in to the US… with all the New England home-bound weekend vacationers. So we waited for nearly an hour to get to the US border control point. Getting through was actually almost easy compared to what we feared – it helped that I started by handing over my American passport and adding “and these are my kids. We’re here to get their Citizenship papers.”
the Big Day
Came the following day. Dateline, Aug 6, 2007, About 11:30 AM. Hartford, CT. Somewhat disappointingly, unlike Naturalization cases, there was absolutely no ceremony – we just walked up to the INS offices, signed a few papers, and got their Citizenship Certificates. We couldn’t even take any pictures inside the building… so we took a few outside. I’ll post them later as they become available (I haven’t downloaded the camera yet)
I want to get this up, so I’ll post this as part I. More to come… Part II – NYC (and some other stuff). Will be up later today.