🚸 Takin' It To The Streets With Monkey-B 🐒 | 🚶‍♂️ #WednesdayWalk 😎 #MakeMeSmile

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Monkey-B will be seven years old on November 1st, so we went downtown to run some errands and do some birthday shopping.

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🚸 Takin' It To The Streets 🛍️

Big Tings' A Gwaan

     My Hive engagement has been down a bit lately, but there have been some positive developments going on in my life outside of Hive. @Sreypov and I visited Suriname's Bureau of Civil Affairs to where we stand on our immigration status and pursue marriage in Suriname.

     We had all the necessary documents, but we needed to translate our birth certificates, status of single paperwork, and freedom to marry document into Dutch to meet the requirements. Because the economy here is in shambles, all translation offices around town have shuttered, and it was recommended we head downtown to seek translation from primary locations.

Nothing Comes Easy

     A document translator was found, although not quickly or easily, and we were promised our Dutch documents would be ready by November 1st, a date which happens to be Monkey-B's birthday too. Something we've spent years pursuing and fighting for is about to happen within the next 4 weeks, and we will soon have some basic civil rights that most couples take for granted.

🚧 Pre-Birthday Retail Detour 🎊

Monkey-B Priority A

     It has been months and months since we've been downtown, as public transportation is inefficient and local taxis generally rip us off because they see my white skin and assume we are a rich family. Despite life's circumstances we always try to keep the kids smiling and unaware of the lion's share of our struggles.

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     Being already downtown, we seized the opportunity and decided to do some clothes shopping for Monkey-B. She's grown so much in the last year and many of her clothes are now comically small. We entered the first random shop we passed, and happen to find reasonable prices and some cool threads that Monkey-B liked.

🥻 Suriname Fashion Show 👗

Work It!!
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     Back at home, and after a rough exchange between the taxi driver and I, Monkey-B wanted to try on her new threads, so we went ahead and turned it into a fashion show. The little blue dress has little pegasuses, or pegasi, all over it. I'm not sure I've ever had to say the plural form of pegasus.

     Anyhow, we had a good walk with plenty of smiles, and Monkey-B is quite happy with her equine-themed clothing choices, although the birthday surpises aren't over yet.

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Happy Birthday to her for tomorrow 💕

It was a very Happy Birthday for our Monkey-B indeed. !ENGAGE 10

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I am thrilled that you finally made some progress with the paperwork! That's wonderful news! 💛 I love that little blue dress with the pagasii on it! How cute and it looks so good on her! 😍

Thanks @thekittygirl, we just picked up the paperwork this morning. I will relay your words to Monkey-B. We are starting to make some real progress... !ENGAGE 20

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Happy birth day to your sister!!!My birth day is coming up to this month too!!!✌️

Thanks @littlem for being engaged in the ASEAN Hive Community. !ENGAGE 10

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Okay, I'm not going to wish you congrats with the bureaucracy, nor a happy birthday, because both of them are still to come! But I feel happy that you are going to get your marriage made official! :-)

I really liked how you wrote: "Despite life's circumstances we always try to keep the kids smiling and unaware of the lion's share of our struggles." Reminds me of what my parents told me, as an adult, about the time I was seven, and we were immigrating to Germany.

Oh, and props on Monkey-B's fashion choices. She's got a keen sense for style (including posing for pictures)! Seems like the equine-theme applies to both dresses.

Yes, I never count my chickens until they are hatched, but the prospects look good. A whole new world will be open to us if things work out. Monkey-B does have a keen fashion sense.

I think you have told me once before, but did you move to Germany from the USA? I'm sure that is pretty epic for any young kid to be uprooted like that. !ENGAGE 60

Hahaha, it was the other way actually: we moved to Germany from Hungary (in the last years of the iron curtain), then as a teenager I went to the States on an exchange program, and sort of stayed.
Good luck on the paperwork, still! And Happy Birthday to Monkey-B! :-)

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Thats good news your near the end of the saga with he paperwork, we are also dealing with some at the moment and its so draining each road bump they through at you isn't it

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We are getting there, but it has been a long journey, nearly two years of sacrifice and constant struggle. Yes, good luck with your paperwork, for you are dealing bureaucratic beast larger than we can handle. !ENGAGE 20

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