I applied for a new position today. GAH! I was doing really well at being all calm and cool about it until I hit the "send" button. I agonized over every word of my letter and essay, but felt pretty good about the resume I'd already made for my grad school application. I didn't have anyone proof my essay. I should have, but I didn't. Argh!
Ok, time to let it go. Breathe.
Woosh. Ok, I'm better.
So Nicky is getting baptized this weekend. Is this a big deal? I haven't really been to a lot of baptisms. Actually none I think. Well, mine I suppose. But I was like 2 and have only seen a few photos of me with my godparents that I don't even remember.
It's no secret that I'm not really a religious person. Spiritual, yes I think so. I've always felt fine with my own ideas about morality, what happens after we die, the meaning of life and all that. But I've not really been into going to church or anything since I was a kid.
Well last year Tom joined the Catholic church here in town, and that's ok. I don't mind going. It's nice, I like the people, and they're pretty liberal here (right across from the university, so they kind of have to be I think) and Nicky loves playing in the nursery. It's his only real playtime with other kids right now, so that's really good for him.
Tom had brought up about a year ago that he wanted to have Nicky baptized, and I'm cool with that. But I didn't really plan any big party or anything. We're going to go pick up a white polo shirt and shorts on Friday to put on Nicky after the wetting, but I'm not spending a bunch of money on a fancy outfit or anything like that.
My sister Elizabeth is coming up to be Nicky's godmother (hi Liz!) and Tom's friend from church is going to be the godfather. That's something we didn't know. Only one of the godparents has to be a practicing Catholic. the other one just has to be a practicing Christian. Liz is Episcopalian and she'll be a great godmother. And Tom's friend (also named Tom, hi Tom!) is very nice too.
So we have the godparents who'll be up there on the stage (I'm sure there is another name for that) and at this church they usually do full immersion, even on babies! We saw one with two babies (about 7 months and 12 months) a few weeks ago and I was really surprised! I couldn't imagine them getting Nicky to cooperate with that, so Tom finally just asked if they'd do the head-wetting bit instead. They said they would. Whew. Hmm, I wonder if we're supposed to bring a towel...
Anyway. So we have my sister Liz coming, and she's bringing my mom (hi Mom!) that's a 4 hour trip for them. Tom's mom is coming (hi Donna!) that's about a 2 hour trip for her. Tom's dad and JM are coming (hi guys!) that's about a 40 minute trip for them. But it wasn't till last weekend that I realized maybe this is actually a big deal kind of thing and I should have sent announcements or invitations or something. Would my dad want to come? That's a 7 hour drive! Is this really a big thing? So now I'm feeling guilty for not even telling my dad or sister Jessie (Hi Dad and Jessie!) about the baptism in time for them to arrange to come.
But come on. Is this a big thing? Really? Heck I doubt we'd have told anyone except that you're supposed to have some godparents there. I'm just so out of touch I guess on the whole church thing. *sigh* Making churchy faux pas left and right I'm sure.