Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My Dearest Daughter - How to be a good Godmother edition

In 1958 my mother got married and moved across the country. These are the letters written to her, mainly by her mother, between 1958 and 1960, as well as other artifacts from my family's past. Others in the series are in my del.icio.us file.

There are no letters from my grandmother during the summer of 1959 so I'm sort of flitting around in the archival material of letters and cards that I do have - and there are plenty.

Mom's Goddaughter

As far as I know or can remember, my mother only had one Godchild. She had the girl's picture on her dresser for her whole life.

Mom was lucky in that she and her goddaughter lived fairly close and so I can remember her coming over for piano lessons, and I remember going to mass to hear her sing, and going to see her in the band and in a high school theater production. I also remember meeting her future husband and going to her wedding. Mom was a hands-on type of Godmother.

As the years went by and mom moved around, they briefly lost touch, but she always always had that picture on her dresser and I know she always kept her goddaughter in her prayers.

Last year before mom's funeral, I saw a couple in the church that I did not immediately recognize, but when the woman got up and came to me, I immediately recognized her as mom's goddaughter. She had supported me throughout mom's illness on the Caringbridge Website, and she came down for the funeral. I don't think there can be a much finer tribute than that.

As I was going through mom's stuff I found the picture and I knew the goddaughter had to have it, but I couldn't resist making a copy for my own archives. And I let her know that for years and years and years, this was the picture mom saw on her dresser as she got ready for the day, or retired for the evening.

I have five godchildren. I haven't been able to be as hands on with them as I would have liked due to circumstances. But following mom's example, I try to keep everyone of them in my daily prayers as well. Mom left me a very good example.


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