Recently I received my NJ driver's license renewal form in the mail. On the top of the form it stated that I needed to visit a NJ Motor Vehicle Commission to complete the process. I was so excited I couldn't wait to go. I can see you are thinking to yourself as you read this " No one likes to visit the DMV , what is wrong with you!"
No, there is nothing wrong with me. I am just really happy. To explain I will need to take you back in time to July of 2006. Back when I dreaded having to renew my license. Why? Just four months before I had finished my ninth and final chemotherapy treatment and was disease free. I was trying to get back to normal and now I had to get a photo license. ( A state requirement since 9/11) . The hair on my head was not even an inch long. I just didn't want to go. In addition , the new licenses were issued for 6 years. Would I even be here in 6 years? Well I put off the renewal as long as I could and then went to the DMV and had my photo taken.
So for the past 6 years I have been walking around with a photo of me with very little hair. Then my hair grew longer and those checking ID at the airport spent a bit more time looking closely at me and then back at my ID. Who knew that the photo on my license and my appearance would match again in 2009 when I was being treated for a recurrence. Most of the time since then I have been changing my hairstyle and growing my hair.
How pleased I was today to be spending time at the Motor Vehicle Commission office waiting to renew my license. They checked my paper work (twice) and I paid my fee. Then I was asked if I wanted to keep the current photo. I said, "No thank you, I think I want one with hair this time". The woman smiled and took my photo. As I showed Nick my new license I said " You know I never thought I would be doing this 6 years later ." He gave me a big hug.
Every Day is a Blessing!