Have you ever wondered about that statement? What is on your permanent record? Where exactly is it? And, when, and by whom, did it get started???
Well, I had a thought about that very thing yesterday. . . .
On Thursday, Aidan's Kindergarten registration packet arrived from our local elementary school. I looked through the packet, had a bit of a chuckle over the fact that I have been given from March 17th until April 12th--Registration Day--to pull together Aidan's birth certificate, a copy of our most recent Real Property tax bill (proof of where we live), a copy of my ID, and to fill out the form--3 pages. No notarizing. . . .No apostilles. . .just mine and Pat's signatures. I mean really people. These are not hoops to jump through! This is nothin'! Once you have been through a Russian adoption, something like this is a snap!! But I have nearly a month!! (Aidan's medical form will be filled out during his 5 year old check up in May).
So, I set to work right away, determined to tackle this "paperwork" immediately. I filled out the form. Made a copy of my ID (mine because I will be the one to register Aidan). Made a copy of our Real Property tax bill. No sweat. On to the birth certificate. . .
They want an original or authenticated copy. Hmmmm. . .I only have one original of his Virginia Certificate of Foreign Birth. So, I get online to http://www.virginia.gov/ and check in to see about getting more copies while beating myself up for not ordering more when we did our re-adoption. . .they are only $12.00 a piece in Virginia. But, then, do I fill out the same form for a regular birth certificate as I do for a Certificate of Foreign Birth??? Call to Virginia Department of Vital Statistics. . .left a message. Hmmmm. . . .what to do???
By now, I'm wondering if the school really wants the birth certificate forever. . .really, what are they going to do with this?? Call the school and explain my question and get the response that I immediately know is right: they just want to see it and will then make a copy for Aidan's record. . .Cool!!!
Vital Statistics calls back and confirm the form I fill out is the same for all Birth Certificates registered in Virginia. . .Aidan's qualifies and I decided to go ahead and order two more copies. . .just in case. Never hurts to have a few stashed in the Safety Deposit box and they are only $12.00 each!
And, so, I am now ready to register Aidan. . .Only 3 weeks from now, my baby boy will be all set to start big time public school on August 29th.
Truly, I felt a little silly about this at this stage. . .I was making that hoop much higher and more difficult to jump through and I had lit it on fire, to boot! That's what happens when you try something simple after having done a Russian adoption!
And so, while jumping through this paperwork hoop, I realized, and had to laugh about, that I am setting up Aidan's Permanent Record!!! I am in control of his future!!! : ) Mom Power. . . .