I knew there was a way to get my kid rebaptized (or something) into the Catholic Church. Maybe it would just cost more.
Turns out, when I sat down with our local parish priest, that they will do an “acceptance” of the other church’s baptism, so when all the other kids are getting thrown in the dunk tank at The Big Ceremony, we’ll be watching from the wings.
So my kid would be in, but I was bringing in a lot of people; we could’t NOT be part of the ceremony. I reached for my check book…
Well, it wasn’t quite that bad. As I was explaining to the parish priest what I’d done, how in the heat of the moment it seemed like any baptism was better than no baptism, and I guess he felt sorry for me (that guilt stuff works, you know). And the fact that the Church was booked for a few months out to schedule a baptism, I didn’t think it was safe to wait considering the circumstances. A week in the NICU will make you re-evaluate all sorts of things, I explained. So he said they’d do an acceptance ceremony along with the other scheduled baptisms on our scheduled date, and all would be right with the world. That gave some time for some more Ohio relatives to come down and attend, and the kid got to have two baptism type ceremonies.
It all worked out fine in the end. Dad some other relatives came in from out of town, the church had the big show, and we were even highlighted at the end because the priest had to explain why we were doing an acceptance ceremony, so we were a little featured segment.
See what a little cash will get ya? JUST KIDDING!
Oh, and Savvy threw up on Uncle Sal and the new couch because I fed her too fast, not from anything he actually did. Back then, she was spitting up a lot if we fed her too fast, something called reflux that we would learn more about later, and lose LOTS of sleep over in the months to come.
Lots and lots and LOTs of sleep…
Come back tomorrow for the next installment of Savvy Stories chapter 3
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