Well…we did it! We’ve been to the US Consulate and gotten sworn in! Tomorrow we will get our visa for our daughter and the packet that will make her a US Citizen upon our arrival in the States.
The US Consulate is right next to the White Swan hotel…only some offices have moved half an hour away, and we had to go there. We were part of a large group who were sworn in by the very cheerful American Foreign Service agent. We had to swear that our form we filled out was true, to the best of our knowledge. And that was that.
All the others there had babies or children up through about age four or five. Ping Ping was very impatient because she wanted to be done with this and off to visit Yi-Yi (which is the correct spelling for The Happy of Happy’s name.)
The two girls want to buy a birthday present for John (which I am to keep a secret, though I had to fund it ;-) and Ping (who told us through Simon the Guide that she’d rather be called Ping Ping) is going to stay overnight with her. Then, Friday, Yi-Yi will come to the hotel one last time for John’s birthday. Simon even ordered a cake. ;-)
Now, I’m off to have the jade chop we bought our daughter fixed. We bought it at the Jade Factory in Beijing, but they got the character’s wrong–we did not have the correct ones with us. So, now I have to go down to Susan’s Place and ask the nice guy who serves me tea if he can fix it for me.