What does being a godparent mean?
In the most traditional sense it is defined as taking a role in contributing to the religious up bringing of a child.
As a child myself I remember being told that my godparents were the people who would look after me if my parents died.
When it came to choosing godparents for our own children it was less so from a point of religion and more that of tradition. We asked people who we wanted to play significant roles in our children’s lives, forever. People we knew we could trust to be there for them if they were needed. People who cared.
Our children’s godparents are an extension of our family. With Dave being an only child, our children only have one Aunty in my sister – and they couldn’t ask for a better one! To us, their godparents are an extension of this. We call them Aunty & Uncle as a measure of how significant they are and explain to the kids that they’re not real aunties & uncles like Aunty Nic but people who we have chosen because they are so special to us.
Should the worst happen, we’ve asked my sister to become their legal guardian – though nothing has ever been written down (unless this counts as being legally binding….) but I also know that in their godparents they’ve got an awesome back up plan!
Dave and I are godparents together to Erin (who regular readers will recognise as part of Team Butler) and today we have been at the christening of Uncle Will’s little boy, Cassisus, and I’m now proud godmother to him as well. Whilst I stood today and made all the religious declarations that come with a traditional Christian baptism, what I was really promising today was to love that little boy, to be there for Cass, for Will & Lucy, whenever they need me. Will is a flipping awesome godfather to our babies and they absolutely worship him, I just hope I do the same for Cassius.