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Worn old passport

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Picture page, old passport–have I aged in 10 years?,

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My passport expired a few months ago. It is a fat one, I had to have pages added to it twice so there would be space for each entry and departure stamp. I really don’t want to replace it. I have my passport number memorized for one thing. Easy, since I have had to write it on so many forms. (But don’t ask me my social security number.)
I have logged over 2 million miles on United Airlines and of course have used other airlines as well. Nearly 40 years of adoption work involved five or six international trips each year and when I left my job at Adoption Advocates International two years ago, I didn’t have a strong desire to travel again.
For one thing, airline travel is not as much fun as it used to be. I had enough of crowds, long lines, limited luggage allowance (I like to travel with my slippers and pillow) extra charges for many things, and of course security checks.
Ted and I made one memorable trip to Ireland a year ago because he had frequent flyer miles that were about to expire. I have special customer status with United Airline and one of the perks is that my miles don’t expire. I always get to board first and have priority seating. They take very good care of me if my flights are delayed or cancelled, providing meals and hotel. And there is a special phone line for Platinum level customers, I never have to wait to talk with a customer service person. My baggage has special tags and generally comes off first. And I get to check an extra piece of luggage without charge.
Still, when my passport expired last winter, I didn’t plan to renew it. I have been almost everywhere I want to go. Stamps in this passport include Ethiopia, Australia, Thailand Kenya, Ghana, India, China, Germany, Korea, Japan, Fiji, Samoa, and I have traveled in South and Central America as well. I do love traveling with Seneca and Raven, but the schools are not enthusiastic about us taking them on extended trips during the school year.

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Visa for India

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Entry stamps for Korea, Japan, and Thailand

But Ted kept telling me to do it, he reminded me that I should be prepared, in case an opportunity should come along. I do have a brother who lives in Thailand and I’d like to visit him. I found myself looking at travel magazines at the doctor’s office. There are a few places I’d like to see or see again.
And so I am completing the forms. Ted took a passport photo of me, and with the new photo publishing program I printed it right here. So, I will send off my worn old passport, the new one will be thin and empty, but who knows what stamps it will contain when it expires.
I haven’t seen the Pyramids except from the air. I haven’t seen the Amazon or Antarctica. The Galapagos Islands could be added to my list and maybe Scandinavia. I have a special friend in Northern India I would like to visit and then there are the three grandchildren on the East Coast.  Well, we will see.