Another unexpected issue with a Spanish-Canadian family is dealing with bureaucracy. Just to identify ourselves we have multiple passports and identity cards issued by two countries. Then you add drivers licenses, mortgages, banks and we are single-handedly boosting employment in the adminstration sector.
We are forever gathering papers, making appointments, standing in lines and cursing officials over some kind of paper. After the famous passport fiasco of 2010, we actually have a list with all our various documentation and when it must be renewed. It’s mind-boggling.
It’s passport season for both boys. And first identity card for Río. So, off we went to take passport photos.
Have you taken a passport photo lately? You aren’t allowed to smile, wear glasses, or a burka or have more than exactly 8 mm of white space surrounding your head. So imagine trying to make sure your 7 week old baby is awake, not crying, supporting his head, and looking at the camera. Then, convincing your toddler to put his cracker down, not cry, jump, laugh, move or run from the slightly hysterical woman with the strange black box, begging him to sit still.
The whole idea of baby ID makes me giggle. Imagine them tracking down Río.
- Hair color, (not sure, doesn’t have any)
- Eye color: dark blue, just like every infant before they actually develop their own color.
- Height and weight: definitely changed long before we reach an airport security line-up.
- Other identifiable features: no tattoos or piercings yet, but an impressive yellow skid mark in his diaper if you care to investigate.
Yago was four months old on his first trip to Canada and they patted him down going through security. Seriously.
Since the boys are Spanish nationals, they get to make an appointment to get their passports. Next on the paperwork list is my Spanish residency card. As an immigrant, I get to stand in line at 5:00am and hope to receive a number, so I can stand around and wait the rest of the day for the opportunity to be mistreated by a bureaucrat and beg for my residency card.
But we are amassing a nice collection of official mug shots.
Here is Yago’s first passport photo.
And Yago’s first Spanish ID card. The prototype Spanish national, don’t you think?
And here is the renewed passport. Hair combing was not a priority this day.
And this is Río’s first appearance before the official camera.
If you see these two characters looking suspicious in the security line, check the diapers for identifying features.