Tuesday, December 18, 2007

birth abroad

Children born to American citizens are American citizens. But if "Birth Abroad" isn't filed, their citizenship isn't proven, therefore worth nothing. I've been getting these sort of affairs in order. Yesterday the girls' "Birth Abroad" certificates came in the mail. They're snazzy birth certificates that look like they should be announcing a considerable award. These impressive-looking certificates have been on the console table in the hall for the past 24 hours.

Tonight Deborah was helping me tidy when she came across these certificates. "Hey what are these award winning certificates?," she asked.

"Those show that you're American citizens," I answered.

Hannah, who'd seen the certificates yesterday, poked her head around the corner. Looking as if she missed some of these papers' significance, asked slowly and seriously, "We're award winning American citizens?"

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