For an expat child, turning five means getting a new passport…
Passport Lady: Is your name Abram?
Passport Lady: How old are you?
Abram: (Holds up 5 fingers.)
Passport Lady: (points to Jason) Is this your Daddy?
Abram: I don’t know.
Passport Lady: (points to me) Is this your Mommy?
Abram: I think so.
Passort Lady: I think we are going to need a few more growing pictures* to be able to process this application.
*In addition to the expected documents, the US passport office also likes to have photos that show the child’s growth during the five year span. And if you’ve blown the interview, isn’t very helpful to have a baby sister that looks exactly your growing picture.