Monday 12 October 2015

Gran the Baptist (Adventures of L-Plate Gran)

This Sunday, Little G is going to get christened at the big cathedral church she goes to every Sunday with You must be mad. Normally, christenings happen in the first 6 months of a child's life, but for some reason or another, it has taken until now to get it sorted.

Little G was aware that something was going to happen, but the exact details were hazy, so I have been doing my best all week to prepare her for this significant event in her life. We have visited the cathedral and looked at the font, with me explaining how the vicar would sprinkle her head with special church water. From the expression on her face, I'm not sure she believed me.

We have also practiced baptizing some of the toys - yes, I know I am on extremely shaky ground theologically here, but I couldn't think of any other way to explain it. Thus Clanger, Panda, Baba the sheep, Owl, sundry cars and a selection of wooden fruit have all been baptized, twice in some cases, and thus are all (if you believe it) now regenerate.

Mind you, despite all the pre-prep I am not holding out much hope that things will run like clockwork on the day. Little G has taken to lugging around with her a blue flowered quilted coat, a pink knitted cardigan and a 2 from the stick-on bath numbers. These accompany us everywhere, so I expect she will arrive at the font laden with baggage.

She has also started to walk (finally) but as it takes her ages I reckon by the time she gets up the very long cathedral aisle, clutching all her treasures, it will be Evensong. But hey, we shall all enjoy the occasion whatever chaos ensues. Meanwhile it's nice to think that if there are any furry toys in Heaven, they will all probably be hers.

To be continued ...   ......


  1. I hope you have a great day, I'm sure she will behave just as well as the wooden fruit did in practice.

  2. Baptismal chaos is fine. I'm sure any god will be looking down from her heaven saying 'ah'!

  3. I'm sure it will be a good day, unlike one of mine. She actually bit the vicar! I must be damned for all eternity after that...

  4. I love the idea of all her acoutrement being baptised too. I'm looking forward to next week's post already :)

  5. I love this. I hope you all have a wonderful day and the font water is up to room temperature - it matters!! :-)

  6. I love the imagery. My youngest was walking when the bell tolled so as to speak, he had to be corralled first and his beautiful frilled soft soled shoes were ceremoniously dipped as if paddling off a seaside Peir . Raspberries were blown at a very inappropriate moment but all was right with the world. As it will be with your little G . After all I am still laughing thirty two years on. Good luck.


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