Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Wedding Godmother

On Friday, I will be a wedding godmother to someone I have known since she was a little girl.  I have seen her grow up and shared her parent's pride when she passed the CPA exams.  She has become one lovely young woman and the man she is marrying is one lucky guy! It also dawned on that I am indeed growing older...I am now often asked to be a principal sponsor...a role that is reserved for mature and respected friends and members of the family.  I guess I am pretty lucky having experienced all the roles in a wedding entourage from flower girl...to bridesmaid...to secondary sponsor...and finally principal sponsor.  The first time I was asked was a few years back when I could not say no to my father's close friend to be a godmother to his apo (grand-child) from Canada who was getting married here.  After that I would refuse  requests although I have been told that I should not turn down one but I believe that being a wedding godmother comes with much responsibility. I have been taught that a godparent is like a second parent to a child or in this case, the couple being married. And so, when I do not personally know the couple or when I am not close to the family, I will refuse. I think my stand on this has become familiar to most people at work and in my advocacies and is one of the reasons why I rarely get requests from acquaintances and staff.  All in all, I have been a  wedding "ninang" only 6 times, this one included...and all of them special to me. They also have made me a "grandmother", something I still have to experience from my immediate family. 

To Lea and Luigi...may God bless your union with much grace, peace, hope, faith and love all the days of your life.

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