In fact it was painless.
A far cry from when I had to drive to the county courthouse, wait on long, long lines and then worry if my passport would be mailed back to me in time for my trip.
Today we went to the local library where a young man named Eugene took our son's picture, made sure everything on the application was just right, all in a timely fashion.
The best thing was-
he reminded me that my passport would be up for renewal in five months and that this may give me a problem on our trip to Europe.
Yes, according to Eugene, no problem going to Europe but it will be a hassle coming home. For some reason even though the passport is still valid reentry into the country can be sticky...
He suggested I renew.
Thank you Eugene.