Monday, March 17, 2008

Goodbye, Boys

I know there are going to be a lot of hurt feelings and paroxysms of disappointment from my male readership when I admit that I went to a chapel this weekend and said "I do" with a man that, admittedly, I hardly know.

And, no, we weren't playacting.

But, whatever, it seemed the thing to do at the time and I don't regret it in the least.

After all, what is a christening without the presence of a godmother and a godfather, pledging to help raise a child (her nephew, his best friend's son) not only in the event of a catastrophe, but also in the day-to-day moral coaching of another of God's "little lambs."

OK, so I was raised Baptist and I was actually a bit nervous walking in the Lutheran chapel, the notion of godparents an altogether foreign concept to me. "So what do I do?" I asked my sister. "Should I bring anything? Will I need to say anything? Should I shave my head, maybe bring a bottle of holy water? Should I tip the minister?"

But she was as clueless as I was, and we both just followed the lead of the minister, who'd been kind enough to print off a program with the entire ceremony written out word for word.

So when it came my turn to speak — to read those words on a piece of a paper — and I said "I do" in front of family and friends...

Well. Let's just say I wanted to turn to my parents and say, "I hope you heard that — because that very well might have been your only chance."

8 comments:

Winter said...

Holy crap! You really tricked me with the opening paragraph!

david said...

Well! Congratulations to you both! I say that the little guy is a lucky duck.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both! I am sure you will be very happy together. Does your sister know what she got when she asked you to help raise him spritually?
~BPP

M@ said...

Ministers and prostitutes one must tip always.

MelO said...

You tricked me too with your opening paragraph! Congrats to you!

Wait a minute, M@... prositutes get tips ON TOP of the $4500 hourly rate? I'm definitely in the wrong biz...

Woodrow said...

You cradle robber you.

p.s.-are we still engaged?

bookfraud said...

whew. i was worried there for a second.

Pamela said...

I never knew what GodParenting meant and finally was given some tutoring.

It means you have to be prepared to take over the child's religious training should the parents not be able to.

You better get crackin! You've lots to learn.

:)