May 26, 2012

Christening Day

Suburban Chicago, December 1958. Mom is ready to send me off to my baptism. The custom among Lithuanians was for Parents (and Grandparents) not to attend a baby's christening. The absence is symbolic: the baptism proceeds when the Godparents step in and assume the role of spiritual Parents.

My American friends found this custom peculiar.


Peter Hoh said...

I'll admit that this custom strikes me as peculiar, too.

Thought of you when I read a note about this film: The Other Dream Team.

Irene said...

Thanks for the film tip, Peter. I bought one of those Grateful Dead B-Ball shirts back then.