We were very excited, until we opened them and noticed.... well... look closely at the photo to the left.
Notice anything? Well, no, you wouldn't, if you didn't personally know our twin boys, Alex and Simon... But what if I told you that Simon had long hair, and Alex's hair was short. NOTICE ANYTHING NOW???!!!
Oh yes, my friends, it's true! Passport Canada stuck the WRONG PHOTO ON THE WRONG PASSPORT!!!
After considering just leaving it (after all, who the heck would ever know? We always just hand all our passports in in a big jumble when traveling together, and besides, we could always get Alex to grow his hair and then cut Simon's, or just call Simon "Alex" while traveling, or, oh, well, never mind... you can see why we decided in the end to drive out to the passport office tomorrow morning before work, and see how much of a headache it will be to have them corrected.)
The irony is that we'd already had a bit of a headache with this process: First they didn't want to renew the passports, because they expire a considerable time hence (we wanted, though, to be sure we didn't get stuck with expired kids' passports in the middle of our trip next year, so we decided to renew early), then they didn't like the photos we submitted (too washed-out, apparently), and they had to be re-taken and re-submitted, and now, finally, after everything was rec'd and approved, THIS FIASCO!
Stay tuned for the next installment of the beaurocratic saga that I am sure has only just begun....