Today's Wonder of the World is...the Passport!
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Feel like traveling?
You're in the right place!
Welcome to Wonders Never Cease's first ever Progressive Blog Post--kind of like a blog party, but with just two stops, and you've already made it to one of them.
There's a VERY SPECIAL reason I'm posting about passports today.
You'll see shortly!
We'll ruminate over passports here (you know I love to ruminate! It's so much better than ironing!) and then we'll hop over to Just Go! where my buddy Angela Nickerson will fill you in on the Purpose part of Passports with a Purpose! Have you met Angela yet? She wrote Michelangelo's Rome, a beautiful book that's both a cool travel guide and a fascinating biography.
Every time I flip through the pages I want to hop on a plane to Italy!
Now, on to the rumination!
Passports have been around for a long long time. Don't believe me? Check out Nehemiah 2:7-9.
Do you know where the word passport comes from? I bet if you're a French student you do... a passport lets you pass through la porte--the door, or in medieval times, the city gate.
My favorite thing to do with my passport (besides travel, of course) is to examine all the stamps.
Flickr photo by ds598
That, and gaze upon my children's old passport photos.
What babies I had when we first moved to France!
Looks like I'm not the only one who has problems with squinting.
Flickr photo by geeksara
My cat Katie didn't need a passport, but she did need a visa. But that's another story...
Getting a good passport photo can be a challenge!
That's why some governments produce helpful photo guides.
Flickr photo by gps1941
For some reason, this makes me roll on the floor with laughter!
I guess it's like driver's license pictures...some turn out better than others.
Flickr photo by zapatos
At least Mickey doesn't look Goofy.
Flickr photo by benoit.deckmyn
Mr. Bean looks quite goofy, but he's happy that way.
You may have noticed that I haven't shared any of my old passport photos. It's because I could be Mr. Bean's sister.
I often wish we could return to passports like this one from China.
Public domain photo
Isn't it a work of art?
Passport covers can be works of art too. You can find loads of them at Etsy, of course.
Like these, over here.
Photo from StarlitNestGifts.etsy.com
Ah, passports. They allow us to broaden our world and become more invested members of the human family.
Now, hop over to Just Go! where Angela can show you a really cool way to broaden your world and get involved, whether you own an active passport or not!
But before you hop, tell me your passport stories! Are you a squinter too?
Have a wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!