My 10-week old and his moral turpitude.

 Our little Luca got his passport this week. He now has this passport until he is five – when he won’t look anything at all like his five-week old self. It’s not easy getting a photo of a five-week old. The strict guidelines for a passport photo stipulates that the person must look directly at the camera, have their mouth closed and not smiling and to be able to sit up even if you have absolutely no control of your neck muscles or limbs. Okay, I made that last one up, but babies that young can’t hold their own head up and my wife spent almost two hours at the chemist trying to get a photo. In the end I took it with my wife holding his head up with a white sheet behind him – and I Photoshopped out the sheet.


We’re off to the the States in five weeks, so I also had to apply for a US visa waiver for Luca. As part of the application we had to answer some questions on behalf of Luca.  I really had to think about whether Luca had ‘ever been arrested or convicted for an offense or crime involving moral turpitude or a violation related to a controlled substance’ or if he had been ‘a controlled substance trafficker’. One question was a toughie, though. Will Luca partake in ‘immoral activities?’ Does that include pooing and weeing  and screaming uncontrollably in public? At least I’m pretty sure that Luca has not been involved in espionage or sabotage; or in terrorist activities; or genocide; or between 1933 and 1945 he was involved, in any way, in persecutions associated with Nazi Germany or its allies.’


Luca does look pretty cute in his photo, however (and I’m not biased in any way!). It could have been a lot worse – he could have looked like this baby passport photo…

baby passport photo

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